|April Suppl 2014; 145(4):S12.|
Your new patient is eager to start treatment, but only if you can guarantee completion before her wedding, a mere 11 months away. You recently completed a course in accelerated tooth movement, and you are eager to put what you've learned into practice. You already place your own temporary anchorage devices, perform your own fiberotomies, and extract deciduous teeth with confidence and ease. The lateral corticotomy and associated bone grafting procedures seem straight-forward and logical -- why not try it yourself? You certainly want to help this eager patient.
But is it fair to proceed without telling the patient that although you are confident you can perform the technique, you have no actual experience? What is the right course of action? Read Peter Greco's thoughtful comments in the April Supplement.