Patients with Terminal Dentition

I see a lot of patients with terminal dentition.  Their teeth have gone through several generations of dentistry and finally the dentistry has failed and require more dentistry.  It’s not that these patients haven’t had extensive dentistry before.  They are familiar with what dentistry has to offer and the costs behind it.  But often times it is the emotional state that dentists have to recognize and learn to manage well.  There is a sense of loss that the patients have to come to terms with.  I always say that 80% of my efforts are about the patient management and 20% of my efforts are the dentistry.  I think if you recognize this at the beginning for any full mouth reconstruction, it will help you manage your time and efforts better.  Thanks for reading.