For all of you that don’t know, Gary and I did our undergrad together at USC. As always he had a bigger ‘you know what’ than I did and applied for dental school before getting a BS. I waited. He was in the class ahead of me and was my mentor back then. (Boy, could I could tell you some stories.) After we graduated we lost contact with each other. I stayed in the Orange County and Gary moved to the LA area. I always knew that he was intended for big things and when we reconnected several years ago he did not disappoint.
When he and I get together as friends, it’s just like old times. Just two friends. But when I go to his lectures, I am amazed at his vast knowledge of everything dental. The most amazing thing is that Gary is not doing this for the money! He sincerely wants us to expand our practices and be extremely successful. For those of you who are not using all of his resources, what are you waiting for?.
Robert Moretta DDS
Huntington Beach, CA
As I understand it there are approximately 30 members in our group. I think there were 16 that attended the meeting on Friday. What a rich experience we enjoyed having, our almost private, mentor share his knowledge with us in such an enjoyable fashion. I don't know why only half would come for this but you really missed an incredible day.
Practicing mostly in isolation since 1980 I have found the format and interaction here to be priceless. It's so nice to know I can post a question for the group to look at and make comments on. I would encourage everyone to participate on the board. The more we all share the more we learn.
And a BIG Thanks to you Gary again for all you do. Donald Turnkey DDS.
I could not agree MORE! How can we learn without mentors or making every mistake in the book. I appreciate the classes for learning and fellowship. I've been practicing solo for 30 years and even with a lot of CE you end up with unanswered questions. Gary get some sleep! You won't been around for your family or us with that pace.
Rod Burton DDS
I just made a really good purchase and want to share it with the forum.
The item? Planning of implant placement.
I did a case with Dr. O’Brien and was really impressed with all I got. Upload your case to him, CT scan. He starts with the esthetics and works backwards to where the implants need to be. He is careful to allow enough bone on the buccal. He sends you screen shots which allow you to be comfortable with the placements and esthetics. He chooses your implants for you.
If you happen to own Anatomage’s Invivo5 (It is really great) you can actually get into the very very fine detail of what he has done and understand it even better. (I did that.) Then, I spoke with him via video conference. I could see his screen and all that he wished to convey very clearly. (if you have some kind of screen shot capture software you can snap away and save all the teaching points and nuances.
Most people already have some form of screen capture.) I got to ask all my sub-atomic questions, and he answered every one of them. He was very patient. He invited me to call him back just before the surgery to review flap design. Beyond that...he can scan your models and generate a stent for you, if you wish. The only thing he didn’t do for me was to cut the osteotomies and screw in the implants! I am VERY satisfied with what I got for what I gave. Kudos, Dr. O’B, and thank you!
Dr Paul Hettinger
I had a pretty cool experience last night.
I went to a class on grafting/membranes last night given by a local periodontist and a pretty good friend. We work closely and he's been favorable to my desire to expand my practice into implants/perio surgery.
He gave a great lecture, but I can't tell you how nice it was to be WAY ahead of the curve. The typical question by the crowd was something like "give me your recipe for bone grafting" and it was a delight to hear him say, "it depends on what you are trying to accomplish." That left most of the attendees stumped, because they don't know what they are trying to accomplish and what the products on the market actually do... As a good periodontist, he didn't offer much more. In other words, he kept the secrets to himself! Don't get me wrong, he is a really good guy and he gave a good lecture, but he knows how to keep his referrals up too! :)
I have spent three lectures with you this year and I was able to understand the basic principles of osseoconduction and osseoinduction. I was able to have a working discussion with the local "expert" about the importance of BMP-2 and "how to get it" from the products available on the market and what the products are and how to use them.
I would say that the typical GP in the room was stumped and have just been throwing the cheapest bone they can find into their patients and hoping it works. I say this not to blow smoke or sound like a kiss ass, but my return on investment with DDSMentoring has been fantastic.
Dr. Scott Fletcher
“I have been working with Dr O’Brien and DDSmentoring now for a few months as a member of his beta test program. This personal mentoring for implants is just what I needed as a General Dentist. If you want to learn fast and efficiently DDSmentoring.com is for you. The information is tailored to your needs and your cases from beginner to advanced practitioner. I am keeping cases in my office that I would have referred out in the past. DDSmentoring.com gives me the confidence I needed to take my practice to the next level.”
Dr. Don Trunkey
“I joined DDSmentoring.com because I had taken one of Dr. O’Brien’s courses in Dental Implants. I knew that he would be great teaching me implants. What I didn’t know is that he was going to teach me much more. Dr O’Brien taught me to see things in my practice that I didn’t realize I could do. Now, I am extracting wisdom teeth, completing 4 rooted second molars, perio surgery and much more with confidence. I feel comfortable because he is there to guide me and answer my questions. I look forward to going to work again! DDSmentoring is the best educational investment I have ever made.”
Robert Moretta, DDS
"Recently I began consulting with Dr. Gary O'Brien at DDSmentoring.com regarding several implant cases. His expertise was invaluable in the planning and placement of a complex anterior implant case involving 4 anterior implants. He spent considerable time discussing the case, doing surgical mockups, and fabricating the surgical guide. We also discussed the potential complications and what to do in each situation. Dr. O’Brien and I did a virtual surgery on his computer together online before I did it in the mouth. The surgery went precisely according to plan with incredible accuracy and results. I would recommend DDSmentoring.com for all who want to enhance their skills in the growing implant arena."
Thomas Wieg, DDS
“I am overwhelmed by Dr O’Brien’s generosity. DDSmentoring has assisted me on my first five implant cases. I am finally actually doing implants in my private office. I have taken many implant courses over the years without ever feeling comfortable enough to actually do the surgery my self. I can’t tell you how many times I would send a patient to the specialist for an extraction and the patient comes back with an implant without my knowledge in a position that is almost impossible to restore. Now I am doing my own implants with confidence because of DDSmentoring.com. It will take me a while to absorb all this. Seeing what Dr. O’Brien did will preclude a thousand questions. DDSmentoring.com was the best investment I have made to enhance my practice in a long time.”
Paul Hettinger, DDS
“Every time I talk to you I feel like I know nothing. I think of myself as a pretty smart guy. No, you don't try to make me feel that way, it just is. I have always thought and knew I am a great dentist, you are only bringing me to the next level and the next and the next. I am having so much fun you can’t believe it! I look forward to coming to work and finding my next challenge. I can't wait to start doing perio surgeries. Just don't get too busy helping everyone else and not have enough time to help me. This DDSmentoring.com program is changing my practice toward greatness :)”
Robert Moretta, DDS
“I just placed an immediate upper central incisor implant last week that I would have never done without your help through DDSmentoring.com. The implant was less than a millimeter from the incisive canal and from the lateral incisor root. From his extensive knowledge of over 25 years doing implants, Dr O’Brien guided me through and helped me with the virtual placement of the implant and then had the surgical guide fabricated. When it came time for the actual surgery I had the initial osteotomy done with NO STRESS and in less than 15 minutes the implant was in, grafted and closed up. DDSmentoring.com has allowed me to take my implant practice to the next level.”
Dr. Don Trunkey
“GP's have no choice any longer! When I send a patient to an OS for extraction, he comes back with an implant…not necessarily where I would want it. I send a patient for a perio consult...he comes back with an implant. Endo is looking at it too. As if that weren’t enough, the specialists now badmouth crown and bridge so badly that it is impossible to sell a bridge any longer, even when it is the treatment of choice. Doing fillings at PPO insurance rates can no longer support a practice. If I want to continue to be a dentist, I must place my own implants and be very careful about the specialists to whom I refer. "Class warfare" of another variety. Dr. O’Brien, I'll tell the world. I've been out there scratching in the dirt for worms, and you mosey up with a Hereford (cooked medium rare) for me. DDSmentoring.com is today’s answer for the GP that wants to survive! What's the next big revelation? Is their any other quantum leap waiting out there for me?”
Paul Hettinger, DDS
“Personalized case planning is just one of the many benefits to the DDSmentoring.com program. Check out all that is being offered and it’s easy to see that this program is a no brainer for anyone wanting to take their implant skills to the next level. My confidence has soared. Thank you!”
Dr. Don Trunkey