~Our Patient’s Best Interest~
Aesthetic Dento-Facial Associates is unique in that we insist upon a “patient-centered, patient directed” practice philosophy. This idea might not seem that revolutionary, but it actually flies in the face of the direction of modern dentistry today.
In recent years, the practice of dentistry has shifted toward a corporate ownership model in which the patient is not really considered with regard to treatment options and what is covered. In this “new” model, the patients’ employer (assuming the employer offers a dental plan) makes the decisions regarding care, and the payer is the insurance company who provides benefits based on the employers’ budget, not on the patient’s needs. Treatment options in the dentist office are presented based not on what would be best for the patient, but on what is covered in the plan, and how many benefits have already been used.
We believe that any practice philosophy that bypasses the patient is wrong. We believe the patient should always be number one.
With our patient-centered, patient directed philosophy, the dentist combines a careful examination with three-dimensional imaging technology to give you, the patient, a clear understanding of your dental needs and options for treatment. We discuss the following things with you:
The cost and outcome of doing nothing;
The cost, process and outcome of treating your immediate concerns;
The cost, process and outcome of long-term optimal care.
Once we’ve gone over your treatment options, then we consider your existing benefits to see what is covered, and we provide individual counseling to help you reduce and cover costs of anything that is not covered. The important thing is that the final decisions regarding treatment and costs lie with YOU, the patient—NOT with your employer or your insurance provider. We believe this is the only way to offer the best care to our patients.
For a consultation to determine your needs and options for treatment, call our offices at 770-828-0000, or fill out our online consultation request form. We look forward to providing you the best of care!