It is common to have multiple doctors involved in patient care. The restorative dentist will provide the final restoration for the patient. Prior to this a comprehensive treatment plan is developed. This usually involves the following phases:
- Disease control
- Periodontal treatment and maintenance.
- Final prosthetics
Patients undergoing oral rehabilitation should have disease control done first. All active disease processes are identified and controlled.
Our office is usually involved in the 1st and 4th phases of the treatment plan.
The 1st phase may involve removal of wisdom teeth, removal of infected and non-restorable teeth, and elimination of infection.
The 2nd phase is usually done by the restorative dentist. This usually involves removing any carious lesions and faulty restorations and reconstructing lost tooth structure.
The 3rd phase may be done by a restorative dentist of a periodontist. This usually involves improving the health of gum tissue and bone that surrounds and protects teeth.
The 4th phase involves placing final restorations. If dental implants are involved, our office would do any necessary bone and soft tissue grafting to reconstruct lost tissues to ideal dimensions prior to placing dental implants.
The patient’s Restorative Dentist would then complete the case with final crowns or other implant supported prosthetics.
A Prosthodontist may provide care in cases of higher complexity.
An Endodontist may provide root canal treatment. This would be in phase 1 of the planned treatment.
An Orthodontist may provide care by correcting poorly aligned teeth.