A moment deserving of tremendous gratitude

Dr. Brett E. Gilbert discusses advancing endodontics through gratitude, technology, social media, and partnership opportunities. 

“Reflect upon your present blessings.” — Charles Dickens

 As endodontists, we are living in an abundant era! Root canal treatment serves patients globally as the primary treatment to save millions of teeth annually. The research and results prove that endodontic treatment is safe and effective. Today we have so many modernizations in our specialty to help us provide the best possible care to our patients. Our predecessors, who paved the way for us, would be astounded by the advances we have at our disposal.

Technology has absolutely expanded our capacity to save teeth with flexible and strong instruments, digital radiology, microscopes, 3D imaging with CBCT, guided navigation, biocompatible materials, long-lasting restorative materials, advanced irrigation solutions, innovative and disruptive irrigation delivery devices, and more. Couple our advanced skills and knowledge with technology, and our patients WIN.

Social media has also advanced our abilities and knowledge. With so many endodontists communicating and sharing together via social media channels, online groups, and education platforms, we are learning together and growing as a global endodontic community. Our ability to develop, foster, and enjoy new connections and relationships with colleagues around the world enhances our practices and enriches our lives beyond what was previously possible. New graduates now have unprecedented access to experienced colleagues who are graciously sharing their cases, knowledge, and experience on how to approach a myriad of case scenarios. With these communication advances, our collective passion for practice and teaching grows, and the next generation of practitioners starts their careers with more resources, mentors, and motivation to pay the knowledge base forward over time.

The pandemic also created an incredible moment in our specialty, which called us into duty to serve and support healthcare systems around the world. Who could have imagined that endodontists would be primed to serve as front-line defenders to support a massive surge and strain on hospitals in the early months of the pandemic? As a specialty, we strapped on our PPE and went to work serving patients with dental emergencies to prevent them from going to overburdened emergency rooms. Personally, I was terrified at what we did not yet know about the virus. However, along with my global endodontic colleagues, we did not close our offices and went in each day to serve our communities. When duty called, endodontists answered!

Finally, new partnership opportunities to align our private practices have blossomed into reality. The chance to partner our practices with other practices has created a unity and strength for endodontists to own their futures both personally and professionally. By joining forces, we can share best practices, gain valuable business support, and provide new grads with outstanding mentorship opportunities. We, as a collective team of endodontists, can shape and protect the future of our specialty. Replace the vulnerability of owning a small business with the strength and security of joining a team. We are an integral part of a moment deserving of tremendous gratitude.

One part of expanding endodontics is by gaining a sense of satisfaction by receiving gratitude. Read Dr. Gilbert’s article, “Focus on receiving the gratitude,” at https://endopracticeus.com/focus-on-receiving-the-gratitude/.

Brett E. Gilbert, DDS, graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School in 2001 and completed his postgraduate training in endodontics from the University of Maryland Dental School in 2003. He is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Dentistry and on staff at Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. He is a past president of the Illinois Association of Endodontists. Dr. Gilbert is Board-certified, a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He was named a top ten young dental educator in America by the Seattle Study Club in 2017. In 2019, he was named to Academic Keys Who’s Who in Dentistry Higher Education (WWDHE). Dr. Gilbert lectures nationally and internationally on clinical endodontics. He has a full-time private practice limited to Endodontics in Niles, Illinois. Dr. Gilbert is a partner in US Endo Partners. He can be contacted online at www.drbrettgilbert.com.

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