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What’s a Treatment Plan?

Dr Mattson explaining treatment plan to patient

Often, there is more than one way to correct a dental problem. And usually there are some stages that may need to be taken, and some home care that is required before, during and after treatment to ensure ongoing success.

Hopefully, after Hampstead Dental completes your periodic cleaning, X-rays, and examination, we will deliver to you a clean bill of health and you won’t need any further treatment. We can send you on your merry way with a new tooth brush, tooth paste and some dental floss and see you again in six months for your next preventative care visit with our Hygienists!

Often, however, we discover some type of condition that needs to be addressed in a treatment plan. Perhaps you have a cavity or two or maybe you’re in the early stages of gum disease. Or maybe you have been in an accident and need to find out what comes next! If any of these are the case, we will provide you with a detailed treatment plan.

What’s the Purpose of a Treatment Plan?

A treatment plan outlines any dental problems we have uncovered and the options you have available to correct the problem. It is geared toward the results that you, the patient, want to see and usually offers a variety of ways to get there, based on the severity of the problem, your goals and your financial situation. It is a road map meant to bring you from Point A (dental problem) to Point B (the solution).

We are not the one who ultimately decides the course of treatment – you are. However, we will make sure that you are able to make a well informed decision after a thorough discussion of all the alternatives available to you, based upon your condition, your objectives, and your financial situation.

For larger treatment plans, there are a variety of payment options. Pay as you go is the standard one offered by most dentists – and of course that is available to you with us as well.

We do offer a concession for payment in advance (ie once your treatment plan is understood and agreed upon, but before treatment actually commences).

For health fund members we will assist with staging your treatment to help you with being able to claim your benefits from your fund correctly.

And lastly where finances are a concern, we can arrange a payment plan that can fit within your budget – so that you can have the treatment done right away, and make regular payments weekly, fortnightly or monthly for up to 2 years. These payment plans have no interest, no credit check, and only a once off set up fee of $35.

When making payment at our clinic we accept cash, EFTPOS, as well as Visa, Mastercard or American Express cards (without any additional fees).

What to Consider When Evaluating Treatment Options

It is important that you feel positive about the course of action we plan to take to correct any current dental challenges. We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each proposed procedure, along with the length of time it will take to achieve the desired results and the cost involved. The doctor also will let you know the possible consequences of delaying action and an estimate of the additional time and cost that may be involved.

The most important factors to consider when evaluating any treatment plan are your current condition and goals, the condition of the other teeth in your mouth, and your time, overall health and financial status.

And if you have any questions or concerns, we are happy to make a complimentary follow up consultation with your dentist, where you and your significant other can sit down and go over the steps, agree on outcomes, set goals, and make sure all your questions are answered – so that we can help you with your dental issues.

We are Here to Help YOU

Keep in mind that your goals are our goals. We are here to address your concerns and we realise that you may need a few days to mull over your various treatment options. No worries – we will not rush you, but keep in mind that any substantial delay can cause additional problems.

There have been very few patients we have been unable to help, and we really are interested in working together with you to solve your dental issues.

If you have any additional questions after you leave, you can always give us a call. At Hampstead Dental we’re only too happy to assist you.

So if this sounds like the kind of place you would like to have your dental care, make your consultation by calling us today on (03) 9318 5599.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as a Specialist Oral Surgeon.