Controversy in the dental profession regarding best practices is common. For example, topics such as amalgam filling safety, occlusal restoration design, laboratory versus milled crowns, braces versus aligners, root canal versus extraction, and laser therapy efficacies all can be just as divisive as any political argument.
Each debate brings opportunity for innovation in philosophy, treatment offerings, materials, and technology eventually mooting the original issue with new product development, clinical trials, and research publication—all searching for the “silver bullet” that would solve dental issues.
But what if there is no single silver bullet? What if we are approaching the problem in individual pieces rather than as a system of multiple causes and effects? Since dental issues are multi-causal, what if the silver bullet is multiple therapies delivered in a specific protocol?