The Concept of Complete Dentistry

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 goals

  1. Optimum oral health
  2. Anatomic harmony
  3. Functional harmony
  4. Occlusal stability
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.

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 goals.

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, or disease.

The method of diagnosis and treatment planning consists in the following:

  1. A careful examination to isolate and analyze every factor that is capable of causing disease, disharmony, or instability.
  2. An analysis of host resistance and an evaluation of an other contributing factors.
  3. An evaluation of the effects of causative factors. Effects should be related to time, intensity, and host resistance.
  4. An analysis of all possible methods that could be used to eliminate detrimental causative factors or neutralize their harmful effects.
  5. Selection of the best treatment approach.

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Information Source: "The Concept of Complete Dentistry" by Peter Dawson