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Michael A. Starkey, DDS MS and The Team
|There are 5 phases of dental treatment. The phases are broken into stages and appointments|
This has to do with patient's over all health
|A review of Health History|
|What are the significant systemic problems?|
Such as systemic infection, Diabetes, Heart Disease, pulmonary, endocrine, GI, any Altered mental status, any neuromuscular disease, anxieties, stress
|This is when the dentist can address the patient's "Emergent" problems such as pain swelling infection cavitatons|
In this phase is when the dentist does extractions, root canals and large diagnostic fillings or exploratory surgery. This is to resolve patients acute dental oral problems.
Also this is when severe gum disease or jaw problems should be addressed though these are usually more chronic disease; that is to say slow progressing,
|This is the comprehensive reconstruction phase. |
This would include crowns and optimum restorations possibly implants, bridge work, this phase eliminates decays that are not of an emergency nature and is for long term success not just temporary or provisional; cast metal partial dentures that patients remove is another example. This is also the more definitive phase of treating gum disease such as gum surgery or perhaps root planning and scaling.
This is the elective phase of treatment
Here patients might opt for cosmetic dentistry, implants, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, braces are examples, fixed bridge work as opposed to removable plastic partials
|Now there is cross over between the different phases|
This is the often glossed over maintenance phase
|It is very important for the long term success of the patient's dental work.|
It involves the patient using meticulous home care on their teeth gums and dental work.
|It involves the hygienist and having professional cleanings every 2-3-6-or 12 months depending on the patient's problems|
|The patient may also benefit from night guard wear or chemotherapy appliances and possibly oral medications|
|Our goal with the treatment plan is to give you an idea of the time and money and the challenging part the patient has in the success of the plan.|