|The establishment of definitive goals
is the foundation for complete dentistry. The ultimate goal os all dental
treatment is optimum oral health.
Complete dentistry has four comprehensive
If each of these goals is achieved, treatment
success is assured. When the entire system is healthy, and there is a harmony
of form and function and the relationships are stable, the treatment can
be considered "complete". Furthermore, cosmetic requirements will also
be fulfilled, since the appearance of the smile is dependent on the same
harmony of form that is necessary for harmony of function.
Optimum oral health
Every diagnostic or treatment decision
should be made on the basis of understanding the reasons for the problem
and the reasons for the treatment. Planning must then be directed at difinitive
All treatment should be consistent with
the goal of providing and maintaining the highest degree of oral health
possible. The degree that the causes can be eliminated will directly relate
to the degree of success in changing unhealthy mouths to healthy ones.
A good end result depends on recognizing
all the causative factors along with an understanding of how and why each
factor affects the health and function of any part of the masticator system.
The most important step in achieving complete
dentistry is a careful diagnosis to determine disharmony, instability,
The method of diagnosis and treatment planning
consists in the following:
A careful examination
to isolate and analyze every factor that is capable of causing disease,
disharmony, or instability.
An analysis of host
resistance and an evaluation of an other contributing factors.
An evaluation of the
effects of causative factors. Effects should be related to time, intensity,
and host resistance.
An analysis of all possible
methods that could be used to eliminate detrimental causative factors or
neutralize their harmful effects.
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Source: "The Concept of Complete Dentistry" by Peter Dawson