Phelan Dental Seminars


Dr Stephen Phelan February 14, 2011


Take some of the mystery out of complex dental cases!

This week I would like to tell you about a new approach to treatment planning complex cases that I will be presenting at my new seminar FUNCTIONAL OCCLUSION AND FULL MOUTH REHABILITATION. This will be a completely new topic that will be presented during the seminar this April in Toronto and Montreal.

I had the inspiration for this idea when I was at the Masters Course in Esthetic Implant Dentistry at the University of Bern last month. During the course, Dr. Buser presented a form from the ITI Treatment Planning Guide that outlined Risk Factors for Esthetic Implant Cases.

I really liked the way that Dr. Buser integrated the concepts from this form into his case presentations and was inspired to develop a similar approach for complex dental cases with esthetic and occlusal problems.

I decided to develop a form that would integrate the 4 main areas of concern we encounter when we treatment plan these types of cases. The Risk Assessment for Complex Cases form has 14 risk factors listed that cover these 4 areas of concern and each risk factor can be categorized as low, medium and high risk. I have designed the form so you can color each risk factor either green, yellow or red depending on the level of risk that the patient presents with to your practice.

I introduced the form this past weekend at my Occlusion Workshop to use for treatment planning the cases that the dentists who attended brought for the group to evaluate. The dentists in the workshop really liked the way the form organizes the risk factors involved in treating their cases and we used small colored stickers to categorize each patient’s risk factors. The goal is to prevent you from missing an important area of potential risk when you are treatment planning a complex case. I believe the form will also be helpful to present to the patients at the consultation appointment to help them develop ownership of their dental problems.

I have attached a photograph of the form from one of the cases we treatment planned and a sample of the master from as well.

If you would like to have copies of this form and learn how to integrate these concepts into your dental practice, make sure you attend the new Functional Occlusion Seminar this April. I am developing a totally new presentation that will explain the form and each risk factor and you will receive copies of the form as well as a detailed course binder when you check in the first day of the seminar.

This week is the last week to register and have a chance to win the 64 GB iPad and receive $100.00 discount on your tuition and an additional $100.00 discount if you order my new occlusion DVD series.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them using the link above.

Post comments (3)
  1. Michael Conway on February 18, 2011

    Hi Stephan, met you a few years ago in Vancouver,B.C. it was a great lecture and your level of dentistry is really inspiring. I have recently completed the Kois program and was just wondering if you have any affiliation with the Kois center or have you taken any of John’s courses? John’s motto of, “only patient’s at risk require treatment” is based on risk assessment treatment planning and uses clear and concise colour coded forms as well. My experience at the Kois center has been life changing and If you have been there you know what I’m saying, if not I know you would love it. We in the profession are very fortunate to have educators such as Dr.Kois and yourself willing to share and help us all.

    kind regards

    Michael Conway

    • Dr Stephen Phelan on February 18, 2011

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comments. I did complete the Kois program mostly in the 90’s and was named a mentor. I really loved the program but my children where born after that and I found I could not make it out west each year for the mentor symposium so I had to resign being a mentor. I would love to return one day because I really respect the work that Dr. Kois has done for our profession. Thanks again for your kind comments and I hope to see you soon.

      Best regards,
      Stephen Phelan

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