Dentists Say Specialists Usually Refer Patients Back

Prosthodontists and Periodontists Suck; Oral Surgeons and Orthodontists Rule

Dental Survey ResultsThis survey asked dentists how frequently their patients are referred back after being sent out for treatment by specialists. The clear majority said they always or almost always got their patients back.

Dentists reported that prosthodontists were the worst offenders when it comes to not referring patients back. There were also complaints about pediatric dentists and periodontists. Dentists were happiest with oral surgeons, orthodontists, and endodontists.

Here are some comments from dentists about specialist referrals…

  • “Periodontists only have incoming phone lines. They never refer back.” (Arizona dentist)
  • “Building a good relationship with your specialists is critical. Specialist referrals are our second greatest source of new patients, after existing patient referrals.” (Pennsylvania cosmetic dentist)
  • “Endodontists love to do it all, endo and restorations. They’re too greedy.” (Arizona dentist)
  • “The endodontists to whom I send patients are tremendous.” (Illinois dentist)
  • “Oral surgeons and orthodontists are a great source of new patients, especially in a growing area.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Orthodontists will not share or help with easy cases, and refer existing patients to oral surgeons, not back to us.” (Arizona dentist)
  • “I enjoy the relationship with my periodontist. He does the perio and I do the restorative. I’m not afraid that when I refer the patient that they will get lost.” (California dentist)
  • “Periodontists attempt to take over patients’ care and regular hygiene visits.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Pedodontists never, ever refer back! They are by far the worst of all specialists.” (Arkansas dentist)

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Most Dentists Offer Denture Services In-House (VIDEO)

The clear majority of dentists (94%) report that their dental practices offer in-house denture services for prosthodontic patients, according to our poll.

Only 6% of dentist respondents say they refer patients out to a prosthodontist for dentures.

Read more: Why Refer to a Prosthodontist When You Can Do It Yourself?

Daring Implant Dentist Dodges Death Doing Dangerous Deeds

Daring Implant Dentist Dodges Death Doing Dangerous Deeds - The Aizhai BridgeIf you thought implant dentistry wasn’t daring enough, then we’ve found the perfect dentist for you.

A Santa Barbara implant dentist, Joseph Weber, likes to perform dangerous stunts when he’s not securing a crown or restoring a smile.

According to KSBY, Dr. Weber has been invited to BASE jump off of the Aizhai Bridge in China’s Hunan Province. At 1,102 feet high, the Aizhai is considered one of the world’s largest suspension bridges. The bridge was constructed as a part of China’s investment in infrastructure, linking cities that once took several days to get to and reducing the travel time down to just a few hours.

Dentist to BASE jump Aizhai Bridge

The jump invitation is nothing new for the former Green Beret dentist, who is well-known among the BASE-jumping crowd for performing 650 BASE jumps and 3,000 sky-dives. In his interview with KSBY, doctor Weber recounts the number of times he’s been arrested in the U.S., and shares stories of when he’s escaped authorities, “[I] jumped downtown Indianapolis by myself … landed in the parking lot, over the top of a cop car, cops chased me, I got away…”

Dr. Weber has filmed his some of his BASE jumps with the team he often jumps with known as “Team Body Bag” — so named because of how many members died while BASE jumping.

Here is the video of Dr Weber and Team Body Bag BASE jumping —

According to Dr. Weber’s website, he is a member of the prestigious International Congress of Oral Implantologist at the ICOI Fellowship IPS Mastership level and holds two patents in dentistry: maxillofacial prosthetics and endodontics. He is a graduate of Indiana University, and is obviously an accomplished doctor who lives life to its fullest.

The China BASE jump is scheduled for this weekend.

Dentists, are there adventurous hobbies or dangerous stunts that you attempt during your time off from your dental practice? What do you think about what this implant dentist does for a hobby? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

For more on this story see: Local Daredevil Takes a Leap of Faith

The Dentist-Specialist Referral Relationship (video)

Dental specialist referralsDentists say that specialists almost always refer their patients back to the original treating dentist, this survey found.

“Building a good relationship with your specialists is critical,” advised a cosmetic dentist. “Open lines of communication and professionalism, along with some warm and fuzzy human contact are vital elements for strengthening this relationship. Specialist referrals are our second greatest source of new patients, after existing patient referrals.”

One dentist commented, “Oral surgeons and orthodontists are a great source of new patients, especially in a growing area.” But another disagreed, saying, “Orthodontists and oral surgeons should return the favor!”

“I enjoy the relationship with my periodontist,” said one dentist. “He does the perio and I do the restorative. It’s a non-threatening relationship because I’m not afraid that when I refer the patient that they will get lost.”

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Dentures? Just See Your General Dentist

Denture patients can get dentures from their general dentistDentists nearly always provide in-house denture services to their patients, this survey found.

Fully 94% of responding dentists say they do, while only 6% say they send false teeth patients out to a prosthodontist for care.

“Having made many thousands of dentures over the years, with the facility of an in-house dental lab with a certified technician at my side, I’ve never referred a denture patient to a prosthodontist,” said one general dentist. “I have, however, received denture referrals from prosthodontists!”

Read more about dentures and denture repair: Most Dentists Offer In-House Dentures

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