Monday, March 2, 2020

Alchemy Exists But You May Not Recognize It


Even though we don’t look upon it as *exactly* the same thing as the pseudo-science of the middle ages, we are still sort of tinkering with the concept of turning certain materials into gold...

In my latest Technology Evangelist column for Dental Products Report, I looked at this very idea...

When I was in college, I was taught a bit about the history of Alchemy. What they taught me was that at one point, there was a field of study where brilliant (and sometimes not so brilliant) chemists were trying to figure out how to take worthless/plentiful elements and somehow turn them into gold. What I always found sort of philosophically entertaining about that whole idea was that if you could suddenly make gold plentiful, then it wouldn’t really be that valuable now would it?

But all of that amazing philosophical thought I came up with really belongs in a totally different article and­—it’s probably not one you would read any way. Yet, this column WILL actually have a point that I can tie to Alchemy, and that is, in certain ways, we really are turning difficult situations into ones that our patients find incredibly valuable. It’s hard to put a price on your quality of life.

It’s incredible isn’t it? No matter how much progress we make, there is always more progress to be made and with progress, comes understanding. And with understanding comes the answer to “why?”
I’ve told you before that I’m a “why guy.” However, in case you missed it, let me give you a quick fill-in. Being a doctor is a complicated job. We have to take into account all of the necessary information that is needed to make a complete diagnosis. We then have to assimilate that information into a workable diagnosis, and then fabricate a comprehensive and cohesive treatment plan that
creates a solution to the diagnosis.

In dentistry this often entails treatment performed with our hands (heck, that’s why the majority of us have a degree as Doctor of Dental Surgery). I frequently say you could teach a smart monkey the hand skills, but the monkey will never know WHY the treatment is needed; or the WHY of myriad products, that the choice was the 2 or 3 in the procedural outline of WHAT we were trying to accomplish.

The whole thing comes down to not only knowing “what and how,” but “why.”

That’s a great way to open this month’s column, because I’m going to be dealing with a couple of subjects. One is why we work with certain products and the other is on things we can offer our older patients.

To finish reading the entire piece, follow this link.

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