Stumpf Dental - February 2020



I’ve always been proud to be a dentist. From the time I was a teenager tidying up the office to earn a few extra dollars, I looked up to skilled, ethical dentists like my father and his colleagues who cared deeply for their patients and always offered the best treatment. Since becoming a dentist myself, I’ve done my best to follow in his footsteps and become a professional whommy patients can trust. In the last decade, I have watched dentistry move in a different direction. Instead of focusing on providing great dental treatment for patients, the focus is on “Turning the chair.”Getting as many people in and out as quickly as possible now takes precedence over quality dentistry. As someone who is passionate about my profession, this makes me both frustrated and sad. Independent dental offices are being bought up by large corporate chains and family names are disappearing from office doors. Both of those trends feel like attacks on transparency. I have my name onmy office building for a reason. I’mproud of the work that I do, and I want people to knowwhere to findme. I want patients considering walking throughmy doors to have the opportunity to Google my name if they’re curious about my credentials and read about the hard work I put in to reach the top of my field. When dentists take their names off their doors, it makes me wonder — and it shouldmake you wonder too. Dentistry is specialized and it is dismayingly easy to compromise treatment. Currently, there is a marketing campaign by a corporate dental conglomerate which portrays the small dental practice as uncaring and

using x-rays on the patient’s wallet before making treatment decisions. They show the dentist sneaking out the backdoor to play golf and imply that the dentist will grossly overcharge for services and that treatment will be painful. Patients are promised they can get better treatment with an unknown doctor with unknown credentials and that they will be happy when they see the bill. Really? As a patient, you have to trust that your dentist will do quality work. You can’t see the fine details that separate exceptional dentistry from the rest. How do youmake that judgement? Here are some considerations that might help you with that decision.


How long has the doctor been in practice?


What is their success ratio?


What areas of expertise does the doctor focus or specialize in?


Are there any patients who have gone through this treatment that would be willing to talk tome before beginning treatment?


What continuing education has the doctor been through in this particular area?

10. What are the costs and timetables for this treatment?


Do they have fellowships or diplomates in this particular area?

As we start this new year, I hope you’ll make a resolution to be your best self and address dental and other health concerns youmay have. At Stumpf Dental, my staff and I are committed to 100% transparency. If you have questions about my background, treatments, or prices, call us today at 262- 970-0111 and we’ll be happy to answer them—we have nothing to hide.


Howmany hours of continuing education has the doctor had in this area?


Howmany patients have they treated for this problem?


What is their definition of success in terms of therapy or treatment?

-Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf


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