I am passionate about oral hygiene and dental health, and I do my best to share that passion with my patients when they visit Smile Dental Clinics. A big part of my job as a dentist is educating patients on how to take care of their teeth so they can stay as healthy as possible. This includes talking about and planning dental treatments, whether preventative, restorative, or cosmetic. Sometimes it’s as simple as a single treatment that can be performed in one office visit, and sometimes it involves a series of several treatments that need to be planned out over time. In every case, no matter the situation, I will always provide a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to my patient’s individual needs.
How I Come Up with a Treatment Plan
When I create a treatment plan for a patient, there are a number of things I consider, primarily what is going to produce the best long-term results. I am always thinking of how a treatment plan will improve my patient’s oral health and benefit them, not just today but over time. I take great care in crafting treatment plans with my patient’s oral health, general health and overall well-being in mind so that when I sit down with them to talk about it, they can be confident that it is absolutely the most appropriate path forward for their particular situation.
Why it is so Important to Follow Through
In many cases, the treatment plans I create are time sensitive in that the longer the patient waits to get started, the more likely their oral health will deteriorate further. When that happens, I have no choice but to revise the original plan because it will no longer meet the patient’s oral healthcare needs. This almost always ends up raising the overall cost and generally prolonging treatment and recovery time, which is never ideal for the patient and only increases the possibility of complications.
I have heard too many times from patients who have delayed their treatments that they wish they hadn’t because they ended up suffering needlessly and having to invest more in the treatment. It is never my wish to see a patient in pain, especially when I know that I can put an end to their discomfort if they follow through with the treatments I have recommended.