Aside from writing this Blog, there is always something for me to work on in my New York Dentist Office. I do like to do a certain amount of dental lab work for my patients. I choose to ditch all of my own dies.
After an impression is taken for a crown, it is sent to the dental laboratory to be poured in stone and mounted on an articulator. At that point the die that the crown is to be made on is trimmed and the margin marked on the die in red ink. Although most dentists let their laboratories perform this task, I choose to do this myself. I like to see my dies before any alteration by the lab. I ditch the margins with a #4 round bur in order to insure that my crowns will not be over extended. Over extensions can cause crowns not to seat fully and if a lab does over extend one of my crowns on a ditched die, it will be apparent on the inside of the casting and will be more easily cut back.
I also use my down time to return and make phone calls, speak with my office manager, accountant, and the super of my building. Also I do some on my own dental office repairs, and these can not be done when I have a patient in the chair. Running and maintaining a busy dental office is time consuming and not all tasks should be delagated to others.