Patient Choice

We understand that choosing a new dentist and dental health team can be a challenge, leaving you feeling somewhat uncertain. We want to welcome you and share more specifically our beliefs about what we do for people. We will help you be or become as healthy as you choose. Your first choice in this regard is how you would like to begin with us. There are five basic levels on which people may choose to be seen in our practice.

URGENT CARE: People with problems requiring immediate attention - pain, swelling, bleeding. We see urgencies as soon as possible, and maintain a 24-hour answering service with assistance from real people, not computers. Our dentist is always on call.

REMEDIAL CARE: People desiring treatment when something breaks or becomes uncomfortable, generally a short-term treatment or examination for what may be a larger problem. At this stage, quick fixes are sought rather than comprehensive examinations and long-term treatment plans.

SELF CARE: People who value keeping their teeth for a lifetime in good comfort, function, and appearance. This involves a comprehensive examination and a full evaluation of teeth, gums, and supporting tissues. During this process, we jointly formulate a plan for their preferred dental future, which would involve personal improvement of dental health without major treatment at a higher level. People at this stage are monitored through preventative maintenance visits with our hygienist.

COMPLETE DENTISTRY: People who choose comprehensive examinations and long-term treatment plans to achieve a dental future of choice. They are ready to commence treatment, and want to understand and control the causes of dental disease. They interface closely with our preventative hygiene departments before, during, and after treatment.

WELLNESS RESOURCE: People who are in excellent dental health. They want to see the hygienist one to four times a year, with complete examinations done annually by the dentist. They practice highly effective home care and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It is not uncommon for people to begin at a lower level and progress over time. If we can help with your decision regarding the level most comfortable for you to begin, please call us. We thank you for the opportunity to serve your dental needs and wants.

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