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How to Phase Treatment for Success

When phasing treatment we've got our three phases.

  1. First of all, we want to get everything biologically stable.
  2. Also then, we want to stabilize the occlusion.
  3. And then we move forward to our final restorations.

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It's incredibly important that we create a stable, biological background. So a lot of cases fail because we don't get the perio or the caries taken care of. So we really want to make sure that that's taken care of first.

Once we've done that, then we want to get our occlusion stable.

Now, a lot of the time treatment might be quite complicated, and there may be a lot of restorations to place. One of my favorite things to do is the sooner that I can get centric relation equal to maximum intercuspation, then the sooner I can start to phase that treatment and take my time to do it. So sometimes we can do that in provisional restoration.

Sometimes we might do it in composite or transitional restorations. So, often, we'll make our provisional stents, place the temporary restorations, equilibrate them. And now, I can take that case apart one step at time, maybe the lower anteriors, then the upper anteriors, and then the posterior teeth. And doing that is going to give us enormous ability to be very, very precise and predictable on our outcomes as we move towards those final restorations.

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Dr. Ian Buckle, BDS is the Director of The Dawson Academy U.K and a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy. He owns Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral, England where he practices fulltime. He lectures on minimally invasive dentistry, digital dentistry and interdisciplinary dentistry.