I want to share with you a recent case that demonstrates the power of a plan.
I’ve said this before, but so often people to come to our office and have had a patch on this, a patch on that, and all they’re left with is frustration and a non-functioning chewing system. They want a plan; they want someone to help get them back on track. Not only does a plan get you back on track, but it minimizes the surprise of future dental work.
As we go into the New Year, I think it’s appropriate to emphasize the importance of having a plan. I know that most people focus on creating goals, and that’s fantastic! Having a goal is the starting point. However, without a definite plan, goals fade quickly. Think about planning for retirement. You may have a number in mind that you need to comfortably retire, not to mention, the lifestyle in which you hope to enjoy during those years, i.e.; traveling.
Without the proper plan from a financial advisor, you might be unpleasantly surprised when you get to that point in your life and don’t have near what you need to do what you want. It’s a position we all want to avoid.
Similarly, I see people who had always thought they would keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. And throughout the years of not having a plan, things began to break down. They end up in a far different position now than they ever imagined. Just the other day, I saw a lady for the first time, she was in her 60’s and had already lost two teeth. She was so disappointed because she never thought she would lose any of her teeth. She admitted that through the years, she let things go. No one had ever asked her what she wanted out of her dental health or helped her develop a plan based on those goals. She was so relieved to have someone help her get back on track so she won’t lose anymore! Remember, it’s all about what your goals are for your dental health!
This is why it’s absolutely critical that I sit down with my patients and ask them what they want long-term, and based on what they want, help them develop a Master Plan to achieve those results.
Think it sounds weird to have dental health goals? The patient I’m about to introduce may say otherwise.
A few years ago Renee was noticing more and more changes in her mouth. She was starting to have teeth shift and old dental work break. We figured out that Renee’s upper and lower front teeth didn’t touch. This was causing excess pressure on her back teeth, which caused them to break down. Not only was she concerned esthetically, but functionally, she couldn’t chew very well. She knew that if she continued down this path that things were just going to get worse.
She wanted a chewing system that functioned well, looked beautiful, and one that she could enjoy the rest of her life. We created a plan together, that would first involve some orthodontics to get her teeth in the proper position.
We then used a combination of composite bonding and porcelain veneers to repair cracked teeth and stabilize her bite. It was a long process for Renee, but she now has a mouth that she can be proud of and will predictably work problem free for years to come. Above the beautiful esthetics, she’s now enjoying a functional system that allows her to chew comfortably.
Dentistry can, unfortunately, be one of those things that people put off for one reason for another. And if you’re not in pain at the time, then everything is ok, right? I’ve seen this exact thought pattern land people in so much more, pain, trouble, and financial stress than they ever wanted.
And it simply doesn’t have to be that way.
Dental disease is preventable, treatable, and with the proper plan, you can become so healthy that you need little to no dental work throughout your life. Renee realized this and based on what she wanted, we co-created a master plan, and she’s now on a path of dental health that she will enjoy for a lifetime. We are so happy for her.
Often times when people call our office they ask if we accept their dental insurance. What if you asked yourself this question, will this doctor help me become so healthy that I don’t need dental insurance? Interesting thought, huh?
If you feel overwhelmed because you’ve let your dental health go, it’s never too late to get back on track. I can promise you it will be cheaper to do it now than wait any longer. One more year could mean one more tooth gone. I don’t want to see that happen to anyone. Let’s get you back on track this year and create a master plan!