Our Elmhurst Dentists Discuss How We Build Customized Restorative Treatment Plans

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Feb 22, 2019

Successfully treating dental damage begins with a well thought out, personalized plan. One-size-fit-all dental solutions just don’t deliver the same type of natural looking results, and they don’t hold up to the wear and tear of daily life.

When our Elmhurst dentists begin working with a new patient, we first complete a thorough dental assessment and complete a dental history. The information that we glean from these preliminary steps serves as the foundation from which we determine treatment objectives.

Once we understand what needs to be treated, and the ways in which you want to transform your smile, it’s time to consider what kinds of technologies and treatments can meet your needs. To that end, we’ll consider:

  • Your ideal timeline: if you want to improve your smile in time for a special event, like a wedding or a reunion, you may benefit from fast-acting treatments like dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Talk to our dental team about timeline considerations, so that we can make recommendations accordingly.

  • Functional dental issues: one of our goals during treatment is to set your smile up for success in the years to come. We will ensure that the treatments that we employ, including dental bonding and dental restorations, maintain or improve the balance and structure of your smile. It is crucial that your bite is properly aligned, so that you don’t develop premature dental damage or TMJ issues.

  • Post-treatment care: another factor we’ll consider is what type of long-term care and maintenance you’re comfortable taking on post-treatment. Professional whitening treatments, will need to be repeated periodically in order to keep teeth looking white and bright. On the other hand, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so, once they are placed, you don’t have to worry about them changing color.

There are no universally correct solutions to dental problem; the treatments that are right for you will depend on your particular smile, your dental goals, and your preferences. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to guide you through this process from start to finish.