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What Dentistry Is Really All About
By Vladana Babcic Tal DMD MPH MA, Partner/Owner Cameo Dental Specialists LLP
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Over the years that I’ve practiced dentistry, I’ve come to realize it’s not just about the tooth. It’s really about the experience—the emotional experience, to be specific.

So much emotion is part of the dental experience, and especially root canals. You do root canals? Why would you want to do that all day? It sounds so painful. Every time I hear comments like these, I’m amazed. In 2010, President Obama compared the bailout of the banks during the fiscal crisis to being as popular as a root canal. Most of the country probably laughed—but we endodontists cringed.

Somehow, our profession has earned a reputation for being associated with pain and bad experiences. Yet, that’s the opposite of what we see when we practice.

Every day, we spend time relieving pain. Many patients come into the office nervous, apprehensive and suffering, and they leave happy, smiling and talkative. They often go on to have a productive, pain-free day.

How does that happen? It’s the expert, compassionate and caring experience they’ve just had.

When we hire new team members to support our practice, we don’t look for people who’ve only worked in the dental field. We look for those who have experience in customer service industries and working with people. These are the team members who will make a positive difference, from the moment patients call the office to their first interaction with the dental assistant who welcomes them into the treatment room. And that experience continues as we engage with them.

I take time to get to know each of my patients. I accommodate their needs and requests, whether for a comforting blanket, noise canceling head phones, their favorite Netflix show, or maybe just a real conversation. I don't mind taking that extra time because I do my best work when patients are calm and trusting.

We understand that patients have a choice in their dental care these days. They research doctors, read reviews, follow social media, analyze websites and google everything. As informed consumers, they want to understand the procedure even before they make an appointment, and they want to connect with the doctor.

Dentistry is becoming more patient-centered, as it should be. There have been huge improvements in dentistry over the past few generations, from the days when alcohol did the job of local anesthetics, tooth pain resulted in extractions, and fear filled the air. Slow and steady improvements, though, are not enough. We need to innovate and recreate. As author Oren Harari says, "The electric light bulb did not come from the continuous improvement of candles."

As endodontists, we’re lucky because we’re experts in a procedure that relieves pain almost immediately. My passion and purpose are making patients happy and relieving their suffering. That’s why, at the end of each day, I go home feeling so much satisfaction. And, I look forward to coming back the next day.


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Managing the Discomfort of an Impacted Tooth
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
If you are suffering pain and discomfort from an impacted tooth, there are some things you can do at home to help manage the pain. Of course, please call our office if you are ever experiencing discomfort and we can assess your situation and help you find a more permanent solution, but in the meanwhile, here are some tips to help you deal with the discomfort. Treating Impacted TeethAn impacted tooth is a tooth that cannot break through the surface of the gums. This can happen for several reasons such as maybe you don't have enough room in your mouth for the tooth to erupt, or perhaps it is only partially impacted, meaning that it has begun to break through the gum but then stops. Whatever the reason, the gums can become swollen and irritated and eating, biting, chewing and talking can become painful. If you notice that your gums have become red and swollen, or perhaps they are bleeding, please call us immediately. Once we have identified the cause of your discomfort as an impacted tooth, you can ease your discomfort at home while we wait for a surgery time or for the tooth to fully erupt. Rinsing with salt water can help ease some of the discomfort of an impacted tooth. Oral over the counter pain medication such as aspirin can be used to provide relief. You can also apply an ice pack to your cheek to help reduce inflammation and swelling. You may even alternate hot packs and cold packs for 15 minutes at a time to help ease some of the discomfort. Be sure to finish this routine with a cold pack treatment. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if your pain becomes unbearable or lasts longer than a few days. You may require frequent visits to our office during this time, so give us a call today....
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7603 West North Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
708-456-7787
3116 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Illinois 60402
708-484-9011
475 West 55th Street, Suite 208
La Grange, Illinois 60525
708-579-0488
910 W. Van Buren Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-201-4141

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