Keeping Everyone in the Loop
As specialty dentists, Oral Surgeons don’t really have any of their own patients. We are, by and large, asked to see patients who require a specific surgical need and come recommended by our colleagues.
This could be a young teen sent by an Orthodontist to see us for surgical exposure of palatally impacted canines, college students home for the summer seeking an evaluation of their 3rd molars or a middle-age woman sent over by her dentist because she has a failing bridge abutment that will need removal and several teeth that will need to be replaced.
Almost all of these patients, with rare exception, will need surgical care coordinated with their referring dentist. Coordinating patient care by keeping everyone in the loop is oftentimes the difference maker between a successful outcome and an avoidable complication.
In order for your patients to have “smooth sailing” through the oral surgical process, we at Manchester Oral Surgery have developed a number of protocols to help ensure your patients successful outcomes “without a hitch”. These include:
- Developing coordinated treatment regimens with many of the area “Coumadin clinics” and Cardiologists to treat anti-coagulated patients requiring Oral Surgical procedures. Maintaining some level of anti-coagulation is necessary to decrease the risk for complications.
- Coordinating extractions performed in our office in conjunction with your patients having removable and fixed prostheses placed.
This process is usually initiated by one of our treatment coordinators after your patients have seen one of our doctors for a consultation. It culminates with the confirmation that our office has either received a prosthesis to be placed at the time of extractions or our office has confirmed your patient has an appointment in your office for insertion of a bridge after having teeth extracted by one of our doctors.
- All patients desiring or requiring an anesthetic in conjunction with their Oral Surgery will be seen for a consult first.
A review of a patient’s medical history, auscultate their heart and lungs, and evaluate their airways (as recommended by the American Society of Anesthesiologist) so that any compromising factors can be identified and addressed beforehand, is necessary to help prevent avoidable delays in treatment.
- Patients referred for dental implant replacement will be evaluated clinically and radiographically pre-operatively.
Surgical treatment plans and fee estimates can be developed and presented to both the patient and referring dentist. This way, all surgical and prosthetic work can be agreed upon by all parties involved before any treatment is ever initiated.
- Copies of specific treatment notes, or if the referring dentist prefers, summation of treatment letters are sent after all treatments performed in our office.
We want to make sure that referring dentists have records of what treatments their patients received and when.
These protocols are part of the process we follow to ensure your patients will have well-coordinated care and the best outcomes possible.