A Practical Guide to Building Relationships with Referring Dentists

Dental patients are dependent on the expertise of their general dentist. Whether dentists refer patients to a periodontal specialist or offer to provide periodontal treatment in-house, patients are likely to comply. 

Because of this high level of trust between general dentists and patients, building relationships with dentists to earn referral power is non-negotiable. 

So what can periodontists do to build a relationship with dentists as powerful as that between dentists and their patients to the point where dentists don’t have to think twice about sending patients to your practice? 

It starts by creating trust and goodwill before discussing any business.

Trust Shouldn’t Be Sacrificed for Profits

Referrals make up a large portion of a periodontal practice’s revenue, but profits should never come before trust. 

Periodontists should build their referral relationships on trust rather than business. By doing so, specialists create sustainable value...

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3 Common Mistakes That Negatively Impact Your Treatment Planning

Even after years of education and expertise, periodontists and their teams can still make mistakes during the treatment planning phase. 

Small mistakes can often lead to bigger ones, which can ultimately affect the outcome of the treatment’s effectiveness. Let’s explore three of the most common errors of perio treatment planning and how you can avoid them.

#1 - Poor Communication with the Referring Doctor

If you rely on general practitioners for referrals, you have an obligation to communicate with each other concerning each patient’s needs. The reality is that many periodontists do not follow up in a timely manner or fail to foster ongoing communication. 

When handoffs are shaky, it creates issues for both you and your patient. Not having the right information can create gaps in treatment planning. In addition, you could risk losing referral business from other doctors and your reputation may take a hit.

#2 - Lack of Detail Regarding the Treatment Plan

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