It sounds like it should be obvious that we explain everything
pertaining to your treatment to you before we proceed, but all too often,
patients have no idea what is being done to them, nor why things are necessary.
All too often, patients have little understanding of their condition and simply
trust the judgment of their dentist. Although this is usually okay, we still
feel it is important that the patient understand what is being done. We want
our patients to know everything that we know about their condition BEFORE
treatment starts, and update them throughout treatment. We want our patients to
be partners in the diagnosis and treatment planning process.
Our office has invested in the latest digital technology so we
can instantly show you x-rays and photographs on a television screen right in
front of you. We will go through the diagnosis and treatment planning process
together, making decisions about treatment together. Our computer system is
linked to the television right in front of our patients and we can zoom in,
highlight, and enhance images so our patients can see exactly what we see. We
like to give a little anatomy lesson while we show our patients their images.
Then together we decide which treatment options are possible, and which would
work best for your individual case. When needed, we can provide you with copies
of these images and you can take them home to discuss with a significant other
that may help you in sorting out your treatment options.