Choosing between immediate and phased treatment plans for general and cosmetic dentistry.
If you have neglected your dental health for a long period of time, or if you are really unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, there is every possibility that you may require quite extensive and lengthy treatment. This may be restorative or cosmetic in nature, or even a combination of the two.
Either way, this could mean that several different treatments might be needed to restore your mouth to good health, or to how you wish your teeth to look.
An extensive treatment plan can seem quite daunting to some patients for many understandable reasons. In today’s blog, our Purley dental team examines the argument for a phased treatment plan and why this might be beneficial.
Modern dental treatments can be quite costly due to the time, resources and materials involved. Whilst most patients can afford to pay for the odd filling or crown, when it comes to a combination of treatments for significant restorations, the cost can soon add up. To assist, we have a number of payment plans available at the Confidental Clinic which can help patients spread the costs. Where a large number of treatments are needed though, spreading the treatments over a longer period of time may help to spread the cost even further.
Anxiety about dental treatment is quite common. The level varies from patient to patient but can be a major factor in the decision about whether to go ahead with treatment that is classed as non essential, especially if you have already received other previous treatments recently.
Anxiety is a good reason to phase your treatment. Priority is usually given to essential treatments such as fillings, dental hygienist cleans etc, that are designed to restore your oral health. Starting with these allows the patient to gradually build up their confidence, ready for more extensive treatments. Allowing some time to pass between each treatment can help patients complete a full course of treatment. For longer procedures such as dental implant placements, IV sedation is also available.
Sitting in the dental chair for ten minutes or so to have a minor filling is usually achievable for most patients. When it comes to longer treatments though, it can become a challenge for some. Even non nervous patients can find the physical aspect of this to be quite challenging. Issues such a back pain or disabilities can mean that sitting in one position for a lengthy period of time is very difficult. Other patients may have issues such as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) which can make keeping the mouth open quite challenging both physically and mentally. Leaving a longer gap between treatments can allow patients to recover and regain their composure before the next treatment.
At the Confidental Clinic, we can arrange a phased treatment plan with you, to enable you to receive your treatment in a comfortable manner and allow costs to be spread over a period of time to make them more affordable for you.
If you have neglected your teeth for a long time and have decided that you now wish to correct this, your first step should be to arrange a consultation with one of our clinical team who will be able to advise you as to the best way to proceed. You can make an appointment to see us at our Purley dental clinic by calling us on 020 8660 8923.