Of Complete Dental Care
The establishment of definitive goals is the foundation for complete
dentistry. The ultimate goal of all dental treatment is optimum
Complete dentistry has four comprehensive goals:-
1) Optimum oral health
2) Anatomic harmony
3) Functional harmony
4) Occlusal stability
If each of these goals is achieved, treatment success is assured.
When the entire system is healthy, and there is a harmony of form
and function and the relationships are stable, the treatment can
be considered "complete". Furthermore, cosmetic requirements
will also be fulfilled, since the appearance of the smile is dependent
on the same harmony of form that is necessary for harmony of function.
Every diagnostic or treatment decision should be made on the basis
of understanding the reasons for the problem and the reasons for
the treatment. Planning must then be directed at definitive goals.
All treatment should be consistent with the goal of providing and
maintaining the highest degree of oral health possible. The degree
that the causes can be eliminated will directly relate to the degree
of success in changing unhealthy mouths to healthy ones.
A good end result depends on recognizing all the causative factors
along with an understanding of how and why each factor affects the
health and function of any part of the masticatory system.
The most important step in achieving complete dentistry is a careful
diagnosis to determine disharmony, instability, or disease.
The method of diagnosis and treatment planning consists
of the following:-
- A careful examination to isolate and analyze every factor that
is capable of causing disease, disharmony, or instability.
- An analysis of host resistance and an evaluation of any other
- An evaluation of the effects of causative factors. Effects should
be related to time, intensity, and host resistance.
- An analysis of all possible methods that could be used to eliminate
detrimental causative factors or neutralize their harmful effects.
- Selection of the best treatment approach.
“QUALITY IS EXCELLENCE CONTINUALLY REINVENTING ITSELF”
Unfortunately these are subjective words that have different meanings
to different people. My concept of Quality and Excellence may be
very different from any other dentist. What these words mean to
me is striving to do the very best dentistry I know how.I do this
by not cutting corners or rushing procedures .We strive to create
a healthy mouth that is in harmony with the entire body and with
restorations which are hopefully so natural it comes close to restoring
the mouth so that you can't tell anything has been done. Cosmetic
dentistry is nothing new and fine dentists have always thought about
natural beauty. We now have materials that make it easier to achieve
these goals. Aesthetics must take into consideration function and
harmony and true beauty will be achieved.
Quality and Excellence are goals that I am always striving to achieve.
This is also commonly called the "checkup and cleaning".
It is very important for you to understand that during your recall
appointment, you will receive much more than just a cleaning. I
don't know if you have ever given it much thought, but you are receiving
a FULL SPECTRUM of diagnostic, preventive, and educational services
specifically and individually designed to help you keep the best
possible smile for a lifetime. Based upon your specific dental needs,
your dental team will formulate a programme designed to accomplish
your dental goals. Some or all of the following procedures will
be included in your recall appointment.
During the DIAGNOSTIC phase of your visit we may include:
- A review and updating of your medical history (please tell us!)
and recording of any changes in your prescribed medications and
- Necessary X-rays for detecting decay, bone loss and oral pathologies
(disease) such as cysts etc.
- An examination of your teeth to detect decay.
- An inspection of all existing restorations (filling and or
crowns) for leakage and racks which may result in future decay.
- Evaluation of your periodontal (gum) tissues.
Evaluating possible cosmetic alterations which you may feel will
improve your smile.
We can check your teeth for any signs of grinding. We also check
your jaw very closely when you get your dental check-ups. If you
show signs of grinding, we will tell you and recommend an easy-to-wear
oral appliance that you wear at night to protect your teeth and
jaw. Since this all happens subconsciously, you cannot control whether
or not you will grind so the protective appliance is our best line
If you believe you are a "grinder" , please call and
make an appointment for us to evaluate any possible damage and to
make the oral protective appliance. We will also check for this
common disorder every time you get your teeth cleaned.
The PREVENTIVE services of your visit may include:
- Head and neck oral cancer screening.
- Scaling of your teeth to remove all plaque and calculus (tartar).
Polishing of teeth to remove all surface stains.
- Polishing all porcelain crowns.
Polishing all silver restorations.
- Application of fluoride if necessary.
- Referral to a specialist for specific treatment if necessary.
(ie. Endodontist, Periodontist or an Oral Surgeon).
The EDUCATIONAL aspect of your visit may include:
- A tour of your mouth with our intra-oral camera and a discussion
- Toothbrushing and flossing instructions.
- Dietary discussion (if necessary).
- Presentation of prescribed dental treatment.
- Updating you on what's new in home care products and the latest
advances in Dentistry.
- A discussion of the recommended time periods between recall
We hope you can see now that your oral hygiene recall visit IS
MORE than just 'a cleaning'. We believe that our patients deserve
the benefits of the FULL SPECTRUM of available dental services that
can assist in the protection of their overall medical and dental
Please remember, good oral hygiene is a great habit to get into!
The rewards of a FULL SPECTRUM Recall Appointment are a healthy
dentition, a bright smile and the confidence that you have begun
a programme that will continue to provide benefits to you for years
What I have found is that no matter how well a dental procedure
is done, it will not last to it's full potential unless it is taken
care of correctly. The biggest factor is proper home care. Everyone
slips up occasionally and conditions can change, so the second most
important factor is regular check-ups. If something does "go
wrong" it's much easier and cheaper to take care of when it's