The present is as important as the future.

Amanda Seay, DDS (shown above, with her family attending a Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Charleston, South Carolina) believes that when patients are overcoming facial trauma, a resolution of their immediate needs must be balanced with their emotional abilities to make permanent treatment decisions quickly.

The recipient of a Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award recently discussed the topic of restoration of trauma patients with Dentistry Today:

“The treatment of injuries to the permanent dentition resulting from facial trauma presents significant challenges to the dental office. Of course, most offices do not see traumatic injuries frequently. These trauma patients may be in pain and have aesthetic compromises and functional disruption. They are often upset and worried about the future of their teeth and smiles. The trauma often involves both hard and soft tissues, so all structures must be considered in decision making and will be factors in the healing process.


The swift resolution of the patients’ immediate needs must be balanced with their emotional abilities to make permanent treatment decisions quickly after their injuries. Once stabilized clinically, the patients can better choose their permanent treatments, and the clinicians can take into account their individual emotional and psychological needs as well as other considerations, such as cost, time, and the probabilities of success.”

View Dr. Seay’s complete case report:

Want to learn more about the Lucy Hobbs Project?

On November 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. in NYC, The Lucy Hobbs Project,  will host an inaugural event, a Meetup, during the 2017 Greater New York Dental Meeting. If your schedule seems jam-packed and you need some convincing, here are 5 reasons you should attend.

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The Lucy Hobbs Project empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back.

Initiated and supported by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project includes a network of more than 9,000 members.  Named for Dr. Hobbs, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it offers networking opportunities, educational programs and charitable events.

To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: