Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

  • Neeraj KhannaEmail author


One of the essential roles of any healthcare provider is to provide treatment based on a correct diagnosis. Dentists around the world devote time treating dental disease and structural defects and replacing missing teeth. However, what we do not know is how much time is spent diagnosing and planning treatment. It is fair to state that the amount of time spent diagnosing and planning treatment may be affected by the dynamics of the practice (patient flow, volume of patients, # of operatories where the dentist is treating patients) and the philosophy of the dentist. Is there a standard method used by most dentists when it comes to diagnosing and treatment planning? The answer to this question may be related to our training in dental school. The curriculum in all accredited dental schools teaches students to diagnose and treat biologic and structural elements to oral health. This includes soft tissue exams, periodontal disease, and dental caries. These examples are the foundation for the biological components of oral health. Structural elements can include broken and/or fractured teeth, as well as worn dentitions. Regardless of the duration of any dental program, the experience provides the student with enough knowledge and skill to take and pass the respective dental board exams. Upon graduating, most dentists all over the world begin their careers diagnosing/treating biological and structural issues, using the same methods learned in school. Even today as you read this book, many well-experienced dental practitioners (possibly including you) are still treating their patients in this same manner. This method of practice can be described as “tooth-by-tooth” dentistry or as Dr. Peter Dawson sometimes uses, “a tooth plumber.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Khanna Dentistry PCGenevaUSA

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