Risk Management Approach

RiskManagementSince 2004, Prosper Family Dentistry has been serving Prosper, Celina and the surrounding areas.  Our doctor’s passion for general dentistry allow the Prosper Family Dentistry doctors and staff to develop a unique, comprehensive risk-management approach to dentistry for not only oral health, but the entire head and neck as well.  Prosper Family Dentistry’s approach uses a comprehensive exam combined with 3D imaging to identify areas of potential patient risk. Prosper Family Dentistry is the only general dentistry practice in Prosper area utilizing an in-office iCAT 3D imaging system. This system enables our doctors to view not only the mouth and teeth, but also the surrounding structures including the sinuses, airway spaces and upper cervical spine.  These structures can be seen in a “real-world” view that traditional dental imaging such as 2D X-Rays cannot provide.  These comprehensive techniques benefit both children and adults for their long term dental and oral health.

As our profession advances, we dental professionals continue to find the biggest factor for successful outcomes is an informed patient. The more you know about your own teeth and gums, the greater your chance for long-term dental and oral health. Regular dental care is fundamental to becoming informed. Your regular office visits and cleanings at Prosper Family Dentistry are an opportunity for us to continuously check the status of your teeth, gums and their surrounding support structures. After these examinations we sit down with you to discuss your specific dental issues and help to educate you, as well as provide you with options regarding your specific oral health. We strive to be realistic about what can or can’t be done to improve your situation and provide you with a full understanding of the costs involved.

We work with you to develop a plan based on managing risk your oral and dental risks. Risk is essentially weighing anything a patient may potentially lose against the solutions for not losing it. In dentistry, we look at risk in four following basic areas:

  1. Periodontal, the threats to structures like gums, ligaments and bone that support the teeth
  2. Bio-mechanical, the threats to the structural integrity of teeth such as decay, enamel erosion or fracture
  3. Functional, problems that can arise with how the teeth, muscles and jaw joints work together
  4. Aesthetic, the impact of all these threats to the outward appearance of your smile

Once we know the risks you’re facing, we can then determine the best treatment approach for managing the risk based on costs and potential outcomes. For example, if you’re diagnosed with gum disease, you’re at risk for losing supporting bone and, ultimately, the affected teeth. Our primary goal is to prevent that loss from occurring through plaque and calculus removal that slow or stop the disease and allow affected tissues to heal. But if the disease has advanced and you’ve already experienced bone or even tooth loss, we may then need to modify our treatment goal by including gum surgery or tooth replacement options like dental implants.

Using a risk management approach helps us identify what needs to be treated and the most reasonable and achievable options for treating it. The foundation for this approach is prevention — stopping problems before they start or progress. Developing and maintaining this kind of action plan will help reduce your ultimate costs — emotional, social and financial.