Cutting Corners - Restoring Excellence

Cutting Corners


May 10
Cutting Corners

How much?

You take the impression, and there is a small bubble on the margin. If you retake it, your hour rate goes down, and your material costs go up.

You are cutting an endo access. If you do a smaller access and preserve more tooth structure, it takes more time than if you cut a giant one. Your hourly rate decreases.

You place rubber dam and it's not sealed properly due to incorrect sizing. If you replace it with a better one, your hourly rate decreases.

The sad fact is, that in every part of dentistry, taking time to do things right, reduces your income. It's like every day, a little man sits on our shoulder and tries to bribe us to cut corners.

When we graduate, we are not even half way to being competent. We are not really competent in dentistry for ten to fifteen years after we graduate. And all this training or experience is gained with almost no oversight. No one is looking over our shoulder to make sure we do a good job.

Yet every day of our career, that little man is there, telling us if we will just cut a little corner here, or there, he will increase our hourly rate, get us to lunch earlier, make us more popular, help us fit in with the insurance payments that we signed up to. The patient will be pleased with how quick the procedure was.

So how much will he need to bribe you today, to not retake that impression? Or not redo that matrix so it's properly sealed? Or to not use a little more anesthetic so the patient doesn't feel anything?

What's your price?

Have you ever felt pressure from management, patients, or others to cut corners?


About the Author

Dr Lincoln Harris has been completely focused on excellence and quality from the beginning of his career as a dentist. He established the first private dental practice in Bargara – Harris Dental Boutique in 2000. Since graduation he has trained extensively in Aesthetic Implant Techniques and Full Mouth Rehabilitation to attain immense skill and knowledge. With his vast dental knowledge Dr Harris coaches and trains dentists from all over the world on complex aesthetic dentistry, surgical techniques and business management. Dr Harris is the founder of RIPE. Restorative Implant Practice Excellence: Full Protocol group an international forum of over 70,000 members worldwide. The purpose of the group is to share information and excellence in the dental industry. He has also lectured in multiple cities throughout Australia, North America, Asia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Europe.