Here is a look at the basic types of dental practices. Dr. Dennis Hatch, DDS can take care of your families basic dental needs and works with some of the best specialists in the area for patients needing more specialized services. The dental practice of Dr. Hatch in Blackfoot, Idaho serves patients of all ages and needs.
Basic Types of Dental Practices
1) Fine Dentistry and Prevention
This type of dentistry is dedicated to achieving Optimum Health and Optimum Repair of the oral health system. A thorough examination is completed and goal setting is instituted to create a Master Plan that focuses on maximum protection and preservation of the oral health complex. Crucial to the continuation of Optimum health care good daily oral hygiene habits and a strict regiment of professional examinations and hygiene visits to prevent decay and gum disease.
2) Maintenance Dentistry
The quality of care is good and preventive measures are fairly effective, but the patient is not dedicated to achieving Optimum health. Optimum health of the natural teeth has as its goal the restoration of teeth to ideal beauty, function, comfort and longevity. Usually maintenance dentistry is intermediate dentistry such as silver and plastic fillings, which last 3-5-years. Maintenance dentistry is removable partial dentures rather than fixed or stationary bridgework.
3) Repair Oriented Dental Practice
No long term thought is given to either prevention of decay, gum disease or bite (occlusion-related) problems. The interesting thing about patients who go to this kind of practice is that they don’t like it, but may have given up on dentistry and what it can do for them.
4) Emergency Dental Practice
Patients are seen only for emergency treatment. The majority of patients in this type of practice lost their teeth between the ages of 35-50.
Dr. Dennis Hatch’s Dental Practice in Blackfoot, Idaho
Please note that Dr. Hatch makes every effort to maintain a type 1 and 2 dental practice. We have absolutely no interest in being either a “drill, fill and bill” practice, or an emergency only practice.
In order for us to enjoy our practice and our lives we believe we must be providing a worthwhile service for people we value and respect.