2019 IAOMT Meeting | Podcast Interview with Speaker Saul Pressner and Kevin Steineman
What I love most about Dentistry is seeing the immediate results of my work especially if you’re creating a more aesthetic situation for a patient or you’re getting a patient out of pain, you do get an immediate gratification seeing that you’ve helped someone in each of the ways.Dr. Saul Pressner
Many different types of oral health care providers could become involved in the care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Being a dentist is a challenging, but rewarding profession. Every profession has its positives and negatives and like any other profession, you should consider both when deciding if a career in dentistry is right for you.
Since junior high school, Dr. Saul Pressner knew Dentistry is right for him when he attended a career fair held by a local dentist. He liked the idea of helping people and being a health care professional with his own dental practice. Dr. Pressner wanted to be an independent person and make his own destiny. In college, Dr. Pressner studied Biology then he decided to apply to Dental School. Then he started his residency training on the East Coast.
Dr. Pressner has been in practice since 1981 and is highly trained in all phases of dentistry. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has a certificate in Family Dentistry from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and takes many continuing education courses.
Dr. Saul Pressner is an Alleman-Deliperi institute certified Biomimetic Dentistry instructor. In addition, he was sworn in as President of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry during their 4th Annual Conference in October 2015.
When you get out of Dental School, you may think that you know it all but you don’t. You’re only really beginning your educational process.Dr. Saul Pressner
What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic Dentistry I would define as Bio is life and Mimetic is mimicking so “Mimicking Life”. We try to recreate in our restorations what nature had originaly plant for our teeth.Dr. Saul Pressner
Tooth preservation and dental conservation lie at the heart of Biomimetic Dentistry. Biomimetic Dentistry, a type of tooth-conserving dentistry, treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. In dental practices around the world, Biomimetic Dentistry has decreased the need to cut teeth down for crowns and root canal treatment.
Dr. Pressner believes that if the tooth is broken down, with Biomimetic Dentistry he will be able to build the tooth up in a low-stress environment, sealing up bacteria and providing very good adhesion of the material to the healthy tooth, removing all the disease but maintaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible through new techniques and materials.
What is Air Abrasion?
Many people can’t think of the dentist without imagining the sound of the dental drill. That’s because whether preparing a tooth for a dental crown, removing cavities or performing root canal therapy, dentists have relied on this time-tested technology for years.
However, modern dentists also have a newer option for removing portions of the tooth structure without that familiar noise of a drill: air abrasion. Patients who feel some level of dental anxiety at the thought of a traditional drill may be pleasantly surprised to discover that air abrasion, an alternative to drills, is available for many procedures.
There have been continuous innovations and improvements in materials and techniques when it comes to Biomimetic Dentistry. Air Abrasion is practiced in Biomimetic Dentistry where dentists use powder under pressure to remove the unhealthy tooth structure.
During air abrasion, a fine stream of particles is aimed at the decayed portion of the tooth. These particles are made of an aluminum oxide mixture and are propelled toward the tooth surface by compressed air or a gas that runs through the dental handpiece. Small particles of decay on the tooth surface are removed as the stream of particles strikes them. The particles of decay are then “suctioned” away.
Continuing education is key and your main goal should be to perfect your skills and try to do what’s best for the patient.Dr. Saul Pressner
During the interview, Dr. Saul Pressner advised young dental students and recent graduates of dental school to keep their minds open to alternative techniques to what their being taught, there are so many techniques and so many information you have to learn. He also said not to over-treat the patient and put yourself in the patients’ shoes and forge a treatment plan in various treatment alternatives that you yourself would like to have in your own mouth, in that way you can be a better be an empathetic dentist and provider for your patients.
Onemedall thanks Dr. Saul Pressner for taking the time, to share his experience and expertise with us.
This full interview can be seen below.
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