Compromise to Co-Discovery

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A Treatment Planning Journey

The Balance of Communication, Case Planning & Occlusion

Dr. Melkers always brings a unique perspective to his workshops and challenges us to the way we think. At Compromise to Co-Discovery, we will be exploring a variety of challenges in communication, treatment planning, and of course occlusion.

Not to give away the surprise, but our time together will be unique! The attendees will treatment plan for the same patient three ways below, at, and above ‘the line’ in their desired level of care. This case personifies how patients can say yes but also not yet as we journey with them toward health throughout their lifetime.

In this unique workshop, we will explore the patient and clinician journey that evolves in a relationship-based practice of clinical excellence. Following a single patient, we will treatment plan, communicate, and apply our skills to meet the patient, and ourselves, along the journey from compromise to comprehensive care.

Day Three will provide the opportunity to review cases, discuss questions and form plans to implement our learning.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Value Bias and how it affects our treatment planning & case acceptance
  • Experience treatment planning that flexes to patients’ needs based on their own journey toward health
  • Appreciate the benefits and considerations of CR and non-CR approach to extensive care
  • Explore different treatment approaches that focus on structural, engineering, and aesthetic priorities
  • Experience the limitations and possibilities in shape and shade challenges in anterior restorations
  • Understand the basics and the nuances of anterior aesthetic form and function

*This course is an excellent opportunity for those on their own Pankey journey to increase their confidence and competence in skill application as well as those who are considering beginning their Pankey journey.


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Single and double occupancy available, starting at $290 per night. View accommodation options here: Accommodation

Faculty: Dr. Michael Melkers, Mr. Lucas Lammott, Dr. Brett Burris & Dr. Lane Ochi

Venue: The Pankey Institute

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