Dentist is licensed to practice all areas of Dentistry. The General Dentist
is the "Captain" of the Dental Team, he is the creator and manager of the
dental treatment plan. By performing a Complete Dental Examination, the
dentist can determine the patients oral health. A dental examination is
complete, if it allows identification of all active factors, that are capable
of causing or contributing to the deterioration of oral heath or function.
It is incomplete, if it does not provide enough information to develop
a total treatment plan aimed at optimum maintainability of the teeth and
their supporting structures. The ultimate goal of all dental treatment
is Optimum Oral Health.
treatment should have the goal of providing and maintaining the highest
degree of oral health possible for that patient. Treatment planning has
all of the factors that contribute in any way to deterioration of Oral
the best method of eliminating each factor causing deterioration
elimination of all the causative factors to the point of complete reversal
is not always possible. The problems found in some patients are too severe,
and have gone too long ,to expect a complete return to ideal health. The
degree to which we can eliminate the causes of their problems will directly
relate to our success in changing unhealthy mouths into healthy ones.
taken during a complete dental examination often include some, or all of
the following, depending on what is indicated for that
of individual x-rays (Radiographs)
of the TM joints
Dentist is able to gather all the information about a patient and their
mouth, and chart a treatment plan for the patient, to obtain optimum oral
health. The General Dentist refers patients to specialists, when their
individual expertise is required to obtain the best possible result. The
General Dentist provides a variety of restorative services and may choose
to refer patients to an appropriate dental specialist for those services
for which he does not feel qualified to perform.
Temple, we are fortunate to have specialists
in private practice in the following specialties who are available if we