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This retired patient presented to my office with a simple request, “Doctor! I don’t want you to make me look like a movie star. But I want you to improve my teeth.” Despite the fact that there were several issues (Oro-nasal communication, congenital upper jaw defect, past history of oral reparative surgery, multiple partials and bridges, etc) to address, the treatment plan was designed to address mainly his chief complaints without any compromise in treatment outcome.
Most dentists would like to treat their patients comprehensively and ideally. However, the reality is that not all patients desire to have an ideal treatment or may have financial concerns that prevent them from pursuing an extensive treatment. It is important to recognize this fact and be able to formulate a treatment plan to address most important concerns without sacrificing the quality or longevity of the treatment.