The Importance of Accurate Dental Records and Comprehensive Patient History
As a dentist, providing effective dental care begins with obtaining accurate dental records and a
comprehensive understanding of a patient's health history. This process is crucial for developing a personalized treatment plan, as medical conditions and medications can have direct and indirect effects on oral health.
When patients provide an accurate and complete medical and dental history, it helps in forming
an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Dental records can provide valuable information
about a patient's oral health history that helps in diagnosing and treating present dental
conditions. Records of past dental treatments including x-rays, oral cancer screening results,
and periodontal pocket depths are all used to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Knowing about past medical conditions, medications, and allergies is vital information that
impacts the patient's current and future plans. This information also helps avoid potential
complications or adverse reactions arising during dental procedures. We will talk more about
medication's impact on dentistry later.
Here, at Encompass Dental and Wellness, it's important to us to have as much information as
possible to provide the most accurate plan we can. We use CBCT scans to generate detailed 3D
images of teeth, bone, nerves, and soft tissues that provide more in-depth information than
traditional 2D X-rays. This is just one technology we use to more accurately diagnose dental
conditions, and more effectively plan treatments. These scans are especially helpful in complex
cases such as dental implants, root canals, orthodontic treatment, and impacted teeth
In addition to diagnostic radiographs and photography, obtaining diagnostic dental models
(study models) is also extremely important. These 3D models replicate the teeth' structure and
can be used in analyzing the occlusion, size, and shape of teeth. They are also used in the
diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and in creating custom dental appliances
such as retainers, night guards, and orthodontic appliances.
In conclusion, accurate dental records and a comprehensive understanding of a patient's health history aid in providing personalized and effective dental care. Schedule an appointment for your New Patient Experience today and get started on a healthier more confident dental path.