A Team Approach
The best care is rendered when treatment teams
work well together. Besides being your restorative dentist, Dr.
Lockwoods additional responsibility is to be your primary
planner of treatment. When appropriate, the services of specialists
and laboratory technicians are utilized to help you. Dr. Lockwood
works extensively with select specialists and laboratory technicians
to bring you the best possible care.
A Phased Approach
Typically, comprehensive care is performed in two
phases. The first phase of care is where emergencies, infections,
gum disease, cavities, broken teeth, misaligned teeth, and bite
problems are treated. Also, this is when the services of specialists
can be important. We call this first phase setting the stage for
success. The second phase of care is where broader dental needs
are addressed, such as replacing missing teeth, or improving the
appearance of a smile. The benefit of this two-phased approach is
that once phase-one dentistry is complete, the mouth is much healthier
and ready for optimal phase-two services. Also, after phase-one
dentistry is complete, phase-two dentistry can be performed over
a time period that works with your budget, because the foundation
of your teeth is stable.
Begin With The End In Mind
Successful treatment outcomes require taking the
time to work together to establish treatment goals and a plan to
achieve them. Building a smile is like building a new home. We establish
goals and create blueprints. Dental blueprints are 3-D models of
what your smile will look like when everything is done. To achieve
this precision we work closely with highly skilled dental technicians
who are very experienced with this level of engineering and artistry.
You Are An Individual
Comprehensive care incorporates teamwork, sometimes
with specialists and dental technicians, and always with your input.
We create an individualized lifetime treatment plan based on a comprehensive
examination and an understanding of your unique circumstances and
desires. Cosmetic results are designed to show natural beauty and
harmony with your facial features.