An ideal treatment plan is one that takes into account a patients age,their needs, and their overall health. It details a course of treatment that the dentist feels would be best. Often times, I explain, this would be a plan I would choose for a close relative of mine. Finances may dictate another plan, but they shouldn't be the determinant when considering an ideal treatment plan.
Paitent Education and follow up care are often part of an ideal treatment plan. A good dentist should consider what factors led to the conditions he is treating and help the patient lessen the likely hood of reoccurance.
If a patient cracks a tooth due to bruxing or grinding his teeth, then just crowning the tooth is not enough. The patient should consider wearing a night guard to protect their teeth.
Too often Dental and Medical care consists of procedures which treat ongoing conditions, with out real concern or much attention to lifestyle behaviors that may contribute to their health problems If a patient is treated for gum disease, but doesn't improve their homecare at home, the treatment will not likely be a long term succes, but instead will require repeated costly dental interventions.
If on the other hand, a patient , receives effective home care instruction and has their home care monitored , they can achieve a lasting benefit.
Ideal Treatment plans must not only consider immediate treatments for the patients currrent problem, but must include preventive planning! It is a sad fact that most effort is spent by health care provider learning techniques for repairing and treating health problems and not enough effort is spent on preventing them.