This year, I have had the opportunity to participate in numerous Continuing Education opportunities across the country and abroad.

But WHY do I do it?

I always joke that dentists are given a certificate to start learning by graduating from a dental school. There is just no way possible to learn what a modern dentist needs to know by merely graduating from dental school. It is up to the individual dentist to determine what services his patients are in need of and seek that training while maintaining a full time job.

Some of the courses I have focused on recently have been:

– CEREC same day crowns, onlays, bridges, and implant restorations as a mentor and a trainer,
– Dental Implant Placement, including a mission trip to Dominican Republic to place Implants.
– Surgical restorative procedures to prepare sites for dental implantology
– Medical Billing processes in a dental office
– Endodontics
– Medical emergencies and Cancer Treatment options
– Esthetic Dentistry planning and treatment options
– Team training and leadership in a dental environment
– and many more business leadership courses I won’t bore you with here!

That was all this year. The state of ND requires that I take 32 hours of CE every two years. This year alone, we have pushed nearly 300, or 20 times the required amount.

Again, WHY???

For our patients. Having the best technology in the world doesn’t mean anything unless we know the best way to utilize it. Being a “caring” office doesn’t mean anything unless we are fully competent to handle any situation that comes through our doors.

Our goal is to have your trust in any treatment that is presented. Knowing that we are going to do what is the best option for you is part of being the community dentist and friends that we aspire to be.

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