Unfortunately I've seen a trend in dentistry that has me concerned. I've had countless patients over the years come to me that have been given treatment plans in the thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. Treatment plans that I would classify as "Over-Treatment". Most of these patients have come from "big box" dental centers with high overhead and profit driven practices and they need to "sell" dentistry to patients. The patient feels pressured into pursuing treatment and sometimes continue to feel pressured at each cleaning appointment.
I've been practicing in West Michigan for over 12 years and I've built a very successful practice around trust with a patient. I'm excited to now bring that philosophy to the White Lake Area. Overtreatment is not just a problem locally, but it is on the rise nationwide. See this recent letter to the editor posted on the American Dental Associations Website. Most of the above patients that came to me were over-treatment planned and I was able to come up with a solution to get them healthy at a much more reasonable cost.
At Lakeshore Family Dental Care, I genuinely believe it is my job to inform you of the issues you have going on in your mouth and let you know how we can fix them if you so choose. Its your mouth after-all, you are in control. Often times we will utilize our technology by taking close up photos of your problem or potential problem, and have a discussion together so you can visibly see what may be a potential issue. At Lakeshore Family Dental Care, we will discuss your options and give you the best solution for you. We will also do our best to work with your insurance company and provide you with payment options you can afford.
It is our promise to you and your family, that we will NEVER over-treatment plan your mouth. We will have genuine conversations about how we can help get you healthy, possibly repair what you currently have to buy you some time, or give you a new smile that is within your budget. At Lakeshore, we don't "sell" dentistry, and you can be confident that we will do our best for you each time you come through our doors.