What Makes a Good Dentist
into a Great One
// FAMILY DENTIST
Patrick Aduddell, DDS
What makes a good dentist great?
From the beginning, I have always evaluated, diagnosed, and recommended treatments to patients based on a simple motto: I will never recommend any treatment or procedure to a patient that I wouldn’t recommend to myself if I had the same issue. I truly believe that’s the best core advice I can give to my sons and other young dentists. I can honestly say that I treat each patient as my own family, and it is the secret to making a good dentist great.
What benefits come from working with family?
We each bring unique personal qualities, ideas, and talents to our practice. I have the experience and insight that only comes from years of hands-on practice. My sons bring new technology to the forefront. It challenges me by forcing me to envision new and better solutions for helping our patients. Additionally, we consult with one another for second opinions, when necessary. Working together has elevated patient experience and outcomes in unique ways.
Scott Aduddell, DDS
Dentistry has changed significantly over the years, but what has stayed the same and why is it important?
You’re right, the biggest changes have come about through advances in technology, which have given rise to a host of new, more efficient solutions for treating all types of oral health issues. Both dentist and patient benefit from these less invasive, more durable, and natural-looking treatments.
What hasn’t changed in our practice, and, frankly, should never change is our commitment to honor, integrity, and compassion when it comes to patient care. We’re in a unique position since my brother and I partner with our father, Dr. Patrick Aduddell. He has years of experience building strong connections with patients by truly treating them as he would a loved family member. Even with new technology throughout the office, it’s important that we maintain a warm and welcoming environment rather than a cold and clinical feel.
What new technologies do you use in your practice that you wouldn’t want to do without?
We use dental cone beam tomography, which provides much more information than conventional dental X-rays by generating 3D images. This helps immensely for diagnosing disease processes and evaluating bone density for dental implant placement. Another great technology we use is the iTero digital impression system, which eliminates the need for those uncomfortable molds used to get dental impressions. Patients who begin using Invisalign clear aligners to straighten their teeth also get a simulated picture of the final results with iTero.
Are there different types or levels of sedation dentistry used today? If so, what are they?
Many patients have intense anxiety and fear associated with dental procedures. Some people literally break out in a cold sweat at just the thought of a dental cleaning session, which can keep them from getting the care they need. We have a range of sedation dentistry options, such as oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and even deeper sedation, if necessary. We’ve partnered with an anesthesiologist to oversee and administer these stronger in-office sedation methods. Even the most nervous patient can have a relaxin
About the Expert
Patrick L. Aduddell, DDS
Dr. Aduddell received the prestigious Outstanding General Dentist award during dental school. In addition to a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he holds a Master of Science in Pharmacology. He began practicing dentistry in 1985 and has provided personalized, compassionate dental care to generations of area families
Scott A. Aduddell, DDS
Dr. Scott is Aduddell Dentistry’s newest dentist. He’s certified in both sedation dentistry and Invisalign and is continually learning about advanced techniques and new technologies in dentistry through continuing education courses.
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