Lights, camera, action! Or, tell me how to get to San Francisco.
Posted: August 7, 2011
Last Modified: June 6, 2022
It’s been written here several times (here and here) on this site that the best dentistry is comprehensive dentistry, and it’s a concept that bears repeating over and over again. We live in an age where goods are cheap, but we also complain that things are not made to be as durable as they used to be. Whatever the market forces that have driven us here, we have a mentality that things should be cheap. If something breaks, well we can always get something new, because it will still be cheap!
This type of approach, however, can’t be applied to medicine or dentistry. There’s nothing as good as the real thing, and when a tooth is damaged or lost, we have nothing – nothing – that’s as good as the original. Everything we put in the mouth is subject to wear and tear, but unlike an old TV or computer that can be replaced entirely with a newer, better one, a tooth can only be fixed so many times before it is lost forever. And as great as implants are, real teeth are even better.
This is a lengthy lead-in to our question: what’s the best way to get the best, longest-lasting treatment?
Actually, this is not the question. The question should be: what is the best way to get the best treatment for you?
The answer, for comprehensive dentistry, always begins with a consultation involving what you want. Not what your insurance company covers. Not what someone else told you. Not what a friend said worked for her or him.
And this is where the analogy comes in: if someone were to ask you “What’s the best way to get to San Francisco?”, you might answer: by plane. However, if that person were then to tell you: “Well, I want to enjoy the journey as well”, you could say: drive. “But I don’t like driving.” Then take the train.
Here’s the point: the plane, car, and train will all get you to San Francisco, but one of those options is better for that individual. By giving us more information about what you have in mind for your teeth – i.e. your vision for your teeth over whatever time period you would like, then we can customize a treatment plan for you. The more specific your requests, the more direction we have in finding a solution that you will love.
So, take some time to think about what you really want out of your teeth! Whether it’s the colour that you would like to change, or perhaps crowding of your lower front teeth, chipping / breaking of teeth, or areas that always trap food, let us know! We will provide treatment plans and estimates for your options. Let this be a “wish list” event – tell us everything you would like, even if it seems to be pie-in-the-sky type stuff. You might be surprised at what is possible these days.
If you’re not even sure where to start, we have a questionnaire that you can download and complete before you even come in to the office. This covers the things that we really need to know, and wouldn’t you know it? We ask you what your main concerns are, right at the top of the page.
This brings us to the start: here’s another way to think about how dentistry is done – You are the star and we are the director. You tell us what kind of movie you want to shoot, and we’ll tell you the best way to do it.
Lights, camera, action!
Please contact us for more details on how to obtain a personalized plan for your mouth! Thanks for dropping in.