What is Integration in Dentistry?
There has been a lot of progress in dentistry and medicine over the years, but the concern of fragmented care is becoming more apparent. Specialists are focusing on their areas of expertise and the “whole patient” is sometimes going unnoticed.
It’s also common to see dental care only concerned with addressing tooth problems and treating oral disease, rather than focusing on root causes, prevention and options in dealing with each individual situation.
Co-operation with Specialists
The role of a general dentist is to provide most care themselves, but also to recognize their strengths and appreciate that there are situations in which you would benefit from the expertise of a specialist or other medical professional. In the case of referrals, the role of a general dentist is to advise, explain and navigate through the process in a way where the main focus remains on your overall well-being.
Our success is based on the company that we keep. We know all of our favoured specialists personally, have a great relationship with them all, open communication, agreement on philosophies, and are often their clients ourselves. Together this ensures “whole patient” treatment, not fragmented care.
Learn more about how your oral health and overall health are integrated here.