For me, the complete exam is the best way for patients to appreciate and obtain the best dental care, as well as the benefit of getting the least amount of dentistry.
Don't Treat Symptoms, Address the Cause
It might appear easy to just look at a lot of dental problems and master procedures that solve them quickly. For example, the deep notch on the side of the tooth is making it sensitive so let's insulate it with a filling. Or part of that tooth is fractured so let's cap it with a stronger material. However, these are examples of treating a symptom without addressing the cause. The cause remaining, the patient will be back for the same problem if not more pretty quickly.
Finding the Root Cause
If we spend the time to use a complete exam and evaluate all of the existing conditions of the teeth as well as the gums, the bone, muscle, joints, and airway, then we have an opportunity to find the root causes of our patients' dental issues with confidence and to truly eliminate those dental problems from returning. One of my favorite quotes that Dr. Dawson introduced me to applies so well to this, "The longest path between two points is a shortcut."
The complete exam removes the shortcuts and gives you and your patients the best chance for long-term success.