1. What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?
A lot of our patients present to us with a tooth that is hurting. It is rewarding to know that we can diagnose which tooth is the source of the problem, treat it with a root canal and get them almost immediate relief.
2. What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?
We use Schick 33 digital radiographs and use this to better educate our patients about a root canal, before and after the procedure.
3. What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?
I would recommend to shadow other endodontist, have an idea of where you want to live and practice and don’t get into it thinking you are going to make “mega bucks”…
4. Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?
I feel that they are a little more ready for instant gratification and sometimes have unrealistic expectations of what it takes to build a solid practice. I feel that it is easy to have mentor and assume that you to will be there in a year or two, whereas the reality is that it can take 5-10 years to build a practice.
5. What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?
I typically use video filmed through my microscope & radiographs in my Powerpoint or Key note presentations.
6. Why did you choose your specialty?
My step-father, John McSpadden, limited his practice to endodontics in the 1970s and developed the McSpadden Compactor, and later NiTi rotary files in the early 1990s. I watched his NiTi rotary file company grow & even worked with the company 2 summers during college and found what he was doing fascinating and decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
7. What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?
A lot of research is manipulated by the principal investigators to prove or illustrate the point that their sponsor is trying to promote. This leads us to a lot of articles that are basically paid advertisements that people sometimes read as the latest and greatest.