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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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Can Sticky Foods Dislodge Oral Surgery Stitches?
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
After any type of oral surgery, patients receive a list of aftercare instructions. These instructions include many different things from how to manage pain to how to care for the surgical site. There is also a list of foods to avoid on the list. Near the top of the list of foods to avoid is sticky foods. Some people may wonder why this is necessary. The reason is because sticky foods can cause damage that can ruin the surgical work that was done. Sticky Food and StitchesAfter performing the oral surgery, stitches are often used to close the surgical site. There are different types of stitches. Some will dissolve on their own and others will require removal at the next appointment. Regardless of how the stitches are taken out, it is important that they remain in place until the wound has time to start the healing process. If you eat sticky foods while the stitches are in place, the food could very easily get stuck to the stitches. That leaves you with two options. You could leave the sticky food in place until the stitches are taken out or you could try to get the sticky food out yourself. The danger of removing the sticky food is that you will probably also pull the stitches out along with it. If you are thinking of leaving the sticky food on the stitches you pen yourself up to bacterial growth, infection and other complications. What About After Stitches are OutSome may think that the removal of the stitches means they can go back to their favorite sticky foods. That is a mistake. Even though the stitches are gone, the wound site still needs more time to heal. Sticky foods could damage the skin as it heals and create the same problems that happen when sticky food pulls out the stitches. If you have any questions about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....
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Can Sticky Foods Dislodge Oral Surgery Stitches?
4/15/2019
What a Tongue or Lip Piercing Can Do to Your Teeth
3/25/2019
Types of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
3/15/2019
Getting a Full Understanding of a Peg Tooth
2/25/2019
Foods to Have On Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery
2/15/2019
Orofacial Pain Does Not Need to Rule Your Life
1/25/2019
How to Treat a Cleft Lip
1/15/2019
Snoring is Not Just a Noise Problem
12/25/2018
Signs Your TMJ is Dislocated
12/15/2018
What Age is Best to Begin Oral Cancer Screenings?
11/30/2018
We Can Also Help Treat Facial Injuries
11/20/2018
How Posture Can Impact Your Jaw Pain
10/25/2018
Times Where an Oral Splint is Necessary
10/15/2018
When Do You Need to Bring Up Ear Aches During One of Your Visits to Our Office?
9/23/2018
Ways to Explain Jaw Pain
9/13/2018
What Oral Surgeons Like Us Specialize In
8/25/2018
We Can Help if You Suffered Oral Trauma During a Car Accident
8/15/2018
Ask Us to Show You How to Check for Signs of Oral or Neck Cancer on Yourself
7/20/2018
The Basics of a Peg Tooth
7/10/2018
How Sticky Foods Can Ruin Oral Surgery Recovery
6/23/2018
Daily Jaw Pain is a Sign of a Problem
6/13/2018
The Importance of Detailed Notes About Pain When Talking with the Oral Surgeon
5/23/2018
Top 3 Symptoms of TMJ
5/13/2018
What to Avoid Eating Immediately After Gum Grafts
4/23/2018
What Makes an Oral Surgeon So Good at Tooth Extraction?
4/13/2018
Why Doing the Same Oral Hygiene Routine Each Day Can Be Problematic
3/27/2018
Why Does Plaque Build Up Between Brushings?
3/17/2018
Does Sparkling Water Damage Your Oral Health?
2/27/2018
Best Way to Make Oral Hygiene Part of Your Daily Routine When Life Gets Busy
2/17/2018
General Blog - Is There a Difference Between DDS and DMD?
1/27/2018
Highest Risk Factors for Developing Gum Disease
1/17/2018
What Black Tea Provides Your Mouth When Consumed Daily
12/30/2017
What Are Those Tiny White Spots on Your Teeth For?
12/20/2017
What Your Tongue Tells Your Dentist About Your Oral Health
11/30/2017
What Your Dentist is Looking for When Comparing Two Sets of X-rays
11/20/2017

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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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