How to maximize patient happiness with custom treatment options
Offering treatments plans that fit patient comfort levels can be the key to successful treatment.
In dentistry, there’s no such thing as a one size fits all approach to treatment. Even in every day procedures like deep caries restorations, some patients will have a better outcome with a full coverage crown and others may be just fine with a direct composite procedure. What may be a great option for one patient could be disastrous for another, so it’s important to always consider what the patient goals are for treatment.
Nowhere is this more prevalent than in a full-mouth reconstruction case. I could fill pages with the number of options dentists have for full-mouth restorations, but the most important factor to consider in these cases is the patient. Specifically, one should consider the patient’s diagnosis, their age, their financial situation, and their desired final esthetic outcome.
Since procedures like these require deep commitment by the patient, we would be doing them a disservice by not planning each case around their specific situation and only providing options that are easier to complete or will take the least amount of time.
In the following case, I could have chosen any number of different treatment options, from full-mouth crowns to reshaping each tooth with composite. The patient could have also chosen a number of treatment options, as he visited several different dentists to ensure he was receiving the care he felt comfortable moving forward with. In the end, he elected to move forward with my office because we came to a mutual understanding of what was desired and I was able to offer a treatment plan that fit within his comfort level.
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