Spear Education: The Art of Treatment Planning and Case Presentation

Aug 20-21, 2015

Through the use of treatment-planning decision trees, gain confidence and understanding at knowing which treatment options are available for a number of common, but complex dental problems, and how to present the advantages and disadvantages of each option clearly to your patients, enhancing your relationship with them and their commitment to choosing what the best care is for them.


  • How to work with decision trees: A road map which walks a clinician through all the treatment options for a specific problem. Provides them the risks and benefits of each treatment option. Also, a step-by-step process of what to evaluate clinically to determine which option may be best for your patient.
  • More than 20 decision trees: Covering everything from excessive or inadequate tooth display, to a single missing central incisor and what needs to be evaluated to select the best method of replacement, to a patient with multiple severely worn teeth
  • How each decision tree is designed around a key set of clinical parameters, and by learning those parameters, each time you have a case with those problems the same decision tree can help you work through the treatment-planning process
  • If the case you are treatment planning is appropriate for the specific decision tree or not by comparing your patients photos to those of the decision tree, along with the specific parameters involved in the decision tree. Each also includes example photos of patients with the condition the decision tree addresses. By comparing those of your patient to those in the decision tree, you can quickly identify if this is the appropriate tree to work with.
  • How to show and discuss the different treatment options with your patients so they are engaged in the process, not scared away, yet understand the risks and benefits of treatment. For each technique addressed by the decision trees there are before and after example photos.
  • The importance of predicting the outcome of treatment prior to commencing treatment, and what are realistic outcomes for many different treatment options we have today, specifically concerning the restoration of worn dentitions and tooth replacement in the esthetic zone
  • How new techniques and materials becoming available may change the predictability of many of our treatment options in the future
  • How to discuss treatment sequencing and phasing of treatment with your patients
  • How to set fees for complex interdisciplinary type cases


Greggory Kinzer
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Frank Spear
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