As I have already mentioned, before any comprehensive dental restorative treatments are undertaken, you should begin with a preliminary consultation meeting to establish a general overview and to establish a rapport.

The next step after the preliminary consultation is to perform a proper case analysis including obtaining a complete medical and dental history, obtaining a comprehensive series of individual X-rays as well as panoramic X-rays, obtaining diagnostic casts (tooth models) mounted to a jaw movement simulator and recording pre-treatment photographs.

Often a diagnostic pretreatment is made to a second set of casts to evaluate if a successful outcome of jaw and tooth alignments is possible. The pretreatment cast diagnosis can also allow for the visualization of the effects of making a realignment of teeth and jaw function position as required. If Dental Implants are required a comprehensive bone volume analysis will need to be made. This thorough Diagnostic Case Analysis is akin to making an engineering and architectural evaluation of a site prior to undertaking the construction of a home or building.

On occasion, consultations with other specialists may be made for treatments that are other than purely restorative.  Also  on an ‘as needs’ basis, three dimensional x-ray imaging may be prescribed (i.e. cone beam volumetric tomograms), to more accurately evaluate jaw structure, jaw-joint structure, airway breathing space, sinus location and conditions and main nerve structure positions.

Once all data is assembled, a detailed treatment plan can be determined and follow-up consultations can be made to review what is possible and what may not be possible, what the treatment sequencing and scheduling may be, and what the costing and expense structure will be.  A review of risks and benefits and as well as possible complications will be made and a discussion on any matters that need further explanation such as dental insurance or health trusts and tax deductibility can also be made.