My goal is to help you become as healthy as you choose to be. My desire is to work with people who wish to achieve a higher sense of self-esteem and well-being by enhancing their appearance, comfort, and ability to sustain health. Our office helps achieve this by providing the highest quality dental health care that each patient can accept.
To help you understand how you feel about your dental health, please read the description of each level of dentistry, and choose the level of dentistry for yourself and your family. There are four levels of dentistry. Our practice is primarily positioned for Levels 3 and 4. Your decision in this regard is how you would like to define your relationship with us.
These are broad categories and we hope they make sense to you. It is not uncommon for people to begin at one level and progress to a higher level over time. All insurance plans focus on urgent and remedial care, both of which, in our judgment, are not preventive in nature. They treat symptoms, but rarely are the efforts of the insurance system geared to prevent disease from occurring, or if it has occurred, to treat the problem in an optimum manner. Insurance companies are simply not ready to have patients involved in making decisions about their oral health.
Patients with emergency problems that are experiencing pain, swelling, or bleeding often need immediate help. We see emergencies immediately, and build time into our schedule to efficiently deal with your unexpected problems. We are available for your after-hours dental emergencies.
Patients who choose this level of care desire treatment only when something breaks or becomes uncomfortable. Generally, patients at this level prefer short-term cursory-type examinations, and screening for more obvious advanced problems. They usually want to correct immediate problems with as little effort as possible, even though this treatment may not be the best long-term solution. Patients at this level are not yet ready for thorough or preventive treatment. Their motto might be, “Let’s just take care of what is wrong today and not worry about tomorrow.” These patients may be counting on fate or luck to see them through, at least for the present. These patients experience repeated problems that would be treated and controlled through regular care in levels 3 and 4.
Level three patients are interested in what they can do personally to improve their dental health and arrest any active disease processes, but choose repair solutions that are more short-range in duration. They undergo a comprehensive examination, fully evaluating teeth, gums, and supporting tissue. During this process we formulate a long-term plan for their preferred dental future. However, due to current life circumstances or beliefs, they will follow a holding plan until they can proceed to a higher level. Rather than commence major treatment, they are monitored through frequent preventive maintenance visits with our hygienists.
Patients at this level are similar to the people at level 3. Level four patients choose to have comprehensive examinations, master planning, and formulate a long-term treatment plan for health and repair to achieve a future based on choice, not chance. Unlike the maintenance care patient, these patients want all treatment to be completed in the most lasting fashion possible. They are happy to take an active role in their achievement of optimal oral health, interfacing closely with our staff before, during, and after treatment. These patients are very concerned about treating the causes of dental disease and not simply the effects. They want all treatment provided to be completed in the most lasting fashion possible. It is not uncommon for people to begin at one level and progress to a higher level over time.