Dr. Dickerson addresses each new patient initially in a non-clinical, consultative environment to learn about their history and understand their highest priorities for their future dental health. From this base of understanding, a thorough oral/dental diagnosis is made utilizing state-of-the-art technology, including cone beam 3D analysis when necessary. Each treatment plan is carefully developed based on the patient’s individual goals and needs. Often, treatment can be staged over the course of time without sacrificing the ultimate goal of long-term health, esthetics, comfort, and function.
Comprehensive Dental Analysis FAQs
At Dr. Sharon Dickerson, our patients are invited into our practice by means of a comprehensive exam. The first portion of this appointment centers around the patient and doctor first connecting in our welcoming consultation room, Amethyst. During this conversation, the doctor will guide a dialog that empowers the patient to share their highest oral health priorities, while also sharing relevant aspects of their systemic health history and personal story. This intentional discussion most often results in the patient feeling understood, supported, and truly acknowledged. The outcomes of this exchange are then carefully factored in to each step of the patient’s dental care.
The second portion of the comprehensive exam focuses on the clinical diagnosis, utilizing innovative technology in order to construct an accurate diagnosis of the current status of the patient’s oral health. This diagnosis is carefully imparted to the patient in a manner that is educational, approachable, and informative. Based on this conversation, the doctor will then offer possible means for addressing any care necessary to restore oral vitality, ensuring that the proposed treatment remains in alignment with the patient’s previously articulated goals. Ultimately, the results of the comprehensive exam are translated into a thoughtfully customized plan for treatment.
Dr. Sharon Dickerson is focused on creating treatment plans for our patients that consciously address the underlying causes of dis-ease within the mouth. In other words, the planned dental care is targeted towards resolving the inherent causes of toxicity and disharmony. Our doctors follow a systematic approach that ensures optimal results, remaining ever cognizant of the patient’s whole-body health, financial resources, and primary concerns.
Our vitality-based treatment plans are presented through thoughtful one-on-one conversation, ensuring that the patient has ample time to express any questions or concerns. Each customized treatment plan will address the following:
- The proposed procedures for biological dental care (indicating the areas of the mouth that will be treated)
- Information about which practitioner will be performing the dental care at each stage of the process
- Estimated fees for each appointment
- Options for staging and prioritizing care over time
All too often, patients have previously only experienced transactional dentistry. This method of care does not focus on addressing the underlying causes of oral disharmony, nor does it provide long-term solutions. Rather, it fosters a dynamic in which the patient receives “band-aid” care, only addressing the acute issues as they present.
At Dr. Sharon Dickerson, we make every effort to ensure that our patients receive an elevated level of biological dental care. Our doctors and team have carefully crafted a methodology of care that provides lasting results, restoring oral vitality and often supporting the renewal of systemic health as well.
We invite you to connect with our office and discuss whether our approach may be in alignment with your needs. Our friendly team will be delighted to share more with you about our comprehensive exam, vitality-based treatment planning, and biological dental care.
“Dr. Dickerson and the entire staff each treated me with much kindness, sensitivity, and respect from the first phone call in an emergency situation. They got me in as quickly as possible and were efficient and genuinely good to me every step of the way. No question went unanswered, and each member of the team was clear in her/his communication about what was taking place and why. This office is esthetically gorgeous, and even more importantly, is a calming and trauma-informed atmosphere.
My initial history-taking and exam was incredibly thorough, and I felt met as a whole human, not just a toothache. I now have a long-term treatment plan in place, designed to correct the core problem of structural misalignment, and I have hope for the first time ever in my life that I can be out of chronic pain and dysfunction. I deeply appreciate this team, and I cannot imagine putting myself in anyone else’s hands.”