Dental patients who have extensive damage to their oro-dental structures either due to dental decay or gums/periodontal disease, or both, are at cross roads.
He / she can take one of three routes:
1) Fire Fighting Route
- address the problems as and when they arise. Here, the patient ends up suffering more discomfort / pain and spending more on treatment.
2) Quick Exit Route - get all teeth knocked off and go in for a removable denture... try to be done with it. The patient often ends up in a compromised dental status.
3) Fire Prevention Route
- address the problems in a systematic, well-planned and meticulous manner so that all dental problems are addressed in a comprehensive way. Once treatment procedures are completed, the patient is to report for periodic checkup and maintenance as advised by his/her doctor.