Dr. LeRoy Horton & Dr. Steven Paige
of Affordable Dental Care and Implant Centers
Dr. Horton Opens up....
Blog Post 3
Continued education 2017
Continued education is one of the most valuable and pro active commitments any doctor can make. Everyone on our team is on a continual mission for self improvement. This coming year (2017) Dr. Paige and I will be attending and lecturing at the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI) Winter Symposium in New Orleans. We have dedicated the last few years into not only improving ourselves even further clinically but also developing a curriculum for doctors to learn implants and implant related surgical procedures. I have even earned my Fellowship with the ICOI, and am currently working on my Mastership. Later in 2017 we will be attending the ICOI World Congress meeting in Vancouver Canada where we aim to be lecturers as well.
When it comes to dental implants there are many factors in achieving success. Preparation and planning based on evidence and data, careful case selection, FDA approved and researched implant systems, great patients that trust the doctor and follow all post surgery instructions, a great supporting staff, and once you have all this... you are still at the behest of the human body. What we do is try our best to maximize all the above so that we allow the human body the best possible foundation for good healing. Does this mean that every case is going to work out as expected or desired? No! But it does mean that we can constantly strive to keep our success rates above 97-98%.
I myself am pledging to acquire at least 100 hours of continue education in 2017 (the minimum required is 21). I will keep everyone posted on my upcoming educational journey.
Blog post 2
What results should I expect?
The dental industry (as most other industries) is rife with advertised promises of extreme results. When we showcase before and after pictures we obviously only show our best cases. That is only a natural phenomenon, when we are competing against up to thirty dentists all within five square blocks. This process however has created a world of often unrealistic expectations. The truth is, yes we can get amazing results! The truth also is, that sometimes we can’t. Sometimes we have to settle for “best possible” results. There are times that our results are limited by what we are given. What does this mean? Well let me explain. If a patient comes to see me because they wish to have an implant surgery performed in area where a front tooth is missing, and after a full assessment including a ct-scan we see that there is:
a. plenty of good solid bone into which we can place a dental implant
b. favorable bite relation between upper and lower teeth allowing for a natural looking crown or restoration
c. healthy oral condition showing that the patient’s oral hygiene practices are good
d. no systemic diseases (like uncontrolled diabetes) or medications that would preclude implant placement
Then yes! Chances are we can in fact get amazing results.
However, if we find that several of these preconditions are not present, it makes every thing much more complicated. From the planning phase to the final result, there will be limitations and compromises we have to make.
My job in these situations is to be very honest with my patients and explain to them thoroughly the who- what -when- where-why and how. Sometimes we may have to do separate procedures first to augment and improve the condition of the site we are hoping to perform surgery on. Other times I am faced with the daunting task of helping my patients set realistic expectations. Truly the most accurate way to describe them is as I stated previously…”best possible”. That doesn’t mean bad or unaesthetic. It just means realistic.
Then of course, there is that two to three percent of patients whose body biology simply did not like what we did to it. We performed the surgery, as we did the last hundred times with no problems; however this time the body rejected our treatment. It doesn’t happen often, but the human body as amazing as it is, as predictable as it is…sometimes just wants to be a rebel.
I have been thinking about this blog post for a while now. My patients, whether they see me or one of my excellent team of doctors, are usually extremely pleased with the results we achieve. We always strive to achieve excellent high standard care for everyone that entrusts us with their oral health. But I wanted to express our commitment to working with our patients so that we build personalized custom plans…not promise cookie cutter, one size fits all, sometimes unrealistic ones. We want to help you achieve what is best for you!
Blog Post 1
From the moment I first interviewed with Dr. Paige, as a new graduate, we both realized we shared a lot of common philosophies as pertains to dentistry, healthcare, and our role as doctors in relation to the patients we serve. One of those major philosophies was the fact that neither of us felt that one has to be rich to afford excellent state of the art dental care. Within a few years I became a partner in the Covington office and within the last 3 years I also partnered in the Bellevue office. And I am proud to say that eight years later we still operate our practices guided by that philosophy. But many wonder what the catch is. How do we keep prices so low? The answer may surprise you in its simplicity. Are you ready? Here it is: we love what we do. But wait! How does that correlate to lower prices? Allow me to explain. Your typical business person will tell you that running a business is about maximizing profit margins. Making sure money spent running a business is way less than the money made by he business. But…there’s the rub. We are doctors first and foremost. Running a business is a secondary responsibility. So for us, it’s not about making the most money with the least amount of work.
Both Dr. Paige and I truly love having the privilege of operating on patients. We love advancing our knowledge, expanding the scope of our practice, being on the fore front of new techniques and technology, and most of all making a difference in people’s lives. So the ideal situation is not for us to walk in the office a few days a week, do a few procedures, end the week early and party all weekends. We love applying our craft and helping people…as many people as we can. And that my friends is how we keep prices low. We have several doctors that work for us. We two happen to specialize in surgical procedures like implants, sinus lifts, bone grafts, IV sedation, and other such reconstructions. And we love doing it so much we have built a business model that truly keeps us genuinely busy 5-6 days a week.
We have found a price point that allows your working class patients the ability to have access to care they would otherwise have to dip into their 401k for. “The more patients that can afford treatment, means the more we get to do what we love.” That has been our motto. So yes your typical business theory will talk about market values, and price optimization….blah blah. And don’t get me wrong, we have bills to pay too. And we do. All our employees make very livable wages, enjoy full benefits, paid holidays and vacation. We keep the lights on, the water running, and every now and then take a vacation ourselves. But we do so with the core values we’ve bonded over firmly in place. We love helping people, we love doing surgery, and we are always doctors first and foremost.
I leave you all with a quote from my favorite poet Kahlil Gibran
“It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”