Stages and Alternatives in a Treatment Plan

Few things can make such a huge impact on patient acceptance as using a staging approach. This not only makes the whole treatment journey appear easier but will also provide a mental organization for both you and the patient.


“First comes the Basic Stage, then the Functional Stage and finally the Esthetic Stage.”

“Let’s do the Lower Back Teeth first, then the Upper Back and then the Anterior Teeth.“

This not only helps the patient understanding of the situation but also your own communication articulation.

Alternatives should be presented whenever they are reasonable. For example you can do the Ceramic Veneers or the Direct Composites. And explain the differences, advantages and disadvantages of each. Or, the patient can opt for the implant over-denture of the fixed bridge… is just another example.
Provide ideally 2 alternatives, never more than 3.  Stay practical and focus on the main options.

Presenting stages is a balance between showing possibilities and being very objective and clear.

Good Treatment Planning!

Photo at Flickr by Altug Karakoc

Jorge Andre Cardoso

DMD, MClinDent Prosthodontics
Honorary Clinical Teacher - Kings College London, UK
Founder MakeMeClear
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