Frequently Asked Questions
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Which course should I take first?
See Which course is right for me section
At what level are the courses given?
The Comprehensive Esthetic and Restorative Residency program is designed to elevate the skill level and knowledge of every dentist. All dentists will significantly improve their knowledge and clinical skills in contemporary restorative techniques and materials. This residency covers all American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accreditation topics.
The Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics Residency is appropriate for any general dentist. The focus of this program is to teach residents how to diagnose, organize and treat advanced reconstructive cases. The key elements in this program will be to segment, simplify and teach residents how to successfully complete complex cases. It is recommended to take the Comprehensive Esthetic and Restorative Residency before taking the Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics Residency.
The Periodontal Surgery and Implant Placement Residency is designed as a series of modules for any dentist that wants to expand their knowledge in the science, art and practice of periodontal procedures from simple treatments to surgery, implant placement and grafting.
The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Mini-Residency is designed to expand your practice and save lives. Every practice has many patients that suffer from sleep apnea and are unaware they exist. This program is designed to teach the entire team how to both treat sleep apnea and how to get reimbursed via medical insurance.
Is there actual patient care?
All residency programs and some mini-courses require or encourage live patient treatment in Esthetic Professionals state-of-the-art clinical facility.
Does Esthetic Professionals provide Clinic Patients?
YES & NO…. Ultimately it is the student doctors’ responsibility for finding his or her own patient. We have and will continue to help in every way possible. Esthetic Professionals does everything in our power to assist our students in finding patients. We place advertisements all year round and screen for the different types of patients that each course requires. Both Dr. Bruce Crispin and Dr. Kristi Crispin screen each patient that comes into Esthetic Professionals and places them in to the appropriate class to be treated. The education department then assigns the patients to the doctors in each program. (Please note that traveling doctors from the farthest away will receive patients first)
What are the patient payment options?
You have a few options:
* Can up charge
- Charge your patient thru your office.*
- Have the patient pay Esthetic Professionals directly
- Have your patient apply for Springstone Financing online to receive funding.
I am an associate, how do I find patients?
Talk to the owner doctor and let them know about the program. They should want you to advance your knowledge and skills. The owner doctor should also understand that the patients you are taking would not be able to afford the practice fees anyway.
Also, family members and staff are the best source for patients!
When should I start looking for patients?
When you sign up for a class you should immediately start looking for patients. Also, notify us if you need one so we can put you on a list of students that want patients.
What if I do not have a patient?
Ideally, you will maximize your clinical experience by finding your own patient to work with. Some factors, including travel distance for the patient, may make it difficult. A clinic patient candidate’s acceptance may also be largely influenced by your presentation. We can offer you suggestions for some very convincing reasons as to why they should consider participation. Although we cannot offer a guarantee, Esthetic Professionals has a limited number of patients who seek us out for treatment in the clinic and we may be able to find you a suitable case.
What are the clinic fees?
Every year the first day of class we issue a clinic fee schedule. Our fees are slightly lower and or comparable to the dental schools fees. To request our latest fees schedule please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is a California license required?
Yes if a patient is treated.
If I do not have a California license, can I still take the course?
If you do not have a California dental license, you may apply for licensure by credential. The process will take 90 days or less from when you apply. You can find information about California licensing requirements including an application for licensure by credential at the California Dental Board website, www.dbc.ca.gov If you do not meet the criteria for license by credential, you can still take a course. The clinic experience can still be invaluable as you observe and assist others.
What if I have to miss a particular weekend in the residency program?
Any missed sessions can be made up on line. Please call 818-758-3557 to have access to the webinar. Some hands-on exercises may not be available for make-up sessions. In some instances, an alternative session may be set up in the Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics Residency.
Is there any preparation for Esthetic Professionals hands-on programs?
For the Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics Residency you are encouraged to find your own patient. Treating a patient is a significant part of this residency. You will need study models, x-rays, and photographs. Contact us for details.
For the Comprehensive Esthetic Residency you will need patients but not until April.
What if I sign up with a colleague?
Discounts may be available for group sign-ups. These offers vary and there may also be special time-sensitive promotions available for the course you are interested in. Please contact us for details.
Can my assistants take the residency with me?
We do offer “Multiple TEAM PROGRAMS” please call for details.
Are references available for former residents?
Yes. We encourage you to talk to former residents. Most of our course enrollments come from referrals by former residents, or residents who are taking additional course offerings with us. Please see testimonials on home page.
What follow up programs exist?
One of the most common follow up is dentists taking additional programs.
Esthetic Professionals prides itself as a servant to the dental community. Dr. Kristi Crispin and Bruce Crispin are available and often contacted by former residents or laboratory clients for additional information.
New courses are also currently being developed to serve the dental community.
If I take the Comprehensive Esthetic and Restorative Residency can I call myself a cosmetic dentist?
You do not need to take this residency to call yourself a “cosmetic dentist”. The goal of this Residency is to expand your level of competency and confidence in predictably treating cases with an esthetic outcome.
Cosmetic dentistry is not recognized as a dental specialty and we do not issue any credentialing. Accreditation in cosmetic dentistry can be obtained through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). As a member of the AACD’s Private Education Advisory Council (PEAC), Esthetic Professionals offers programs, including the Comprehensive Esthetic and Restorative Residency, which can help prepare you for accreditation.