The independent dentists at Aspen Dental see a lot of patients – in fact, Millions of patients every year. One of the most common questions we see from patients during their first consultation is regarding their treatment plan. So we wanted to demystify the process and explain what this means.
This scenario plays out every day: A patient schedules an appointment for a cleaning who hasn’t seen a dentist in years. In fact, if this is you, you’re not alone. More than 100 million people don’t see a dentist every year.
Before the patient receives a cleaning, Aspen Dental dentists will do a comprehensive consultation to understand if there are any other underlying issues that need addressing to put that patient on the path to a healthier smile. Before they provide service, the dentist will outline exactly what dental services are recommended, in what timeframe, and how much it will cost after insurance, if applicable.
Transparency in treatment and pricing upfront is something we strongly believe in. Your Aspen Dental practice will provide a clear, detailed estimate on the cost of your treatment plan in writing, so you know what to expect.
If you’re a patient who came in for a cleaning and your dentist explains to you that you have periodontal disease, cavities, or any other underlying issues that you are unaware of because your teeth don’t bother you at the moment, we understand that this news can be pretty jarring. We also understand that the added costs associated with the additional recommendations can create additional anxiety.
Remember, your customized treatment plan is just that—yours. It’s unique to you. If you have any questions or don’t feel comfortable with any aspect of your dental treatment plan, talk with your dentist about it. Your dentist should explain what’s critical and what things you can fix over time. It’s important that you feel good about your path toward better oral health.
In the end, it’s all about what your mouth needs.