Non-Clinical Factors Also Impact Denture Success
In addition to clinical factors, some non-medical variables can also have important impacts on denture treatment that should not be overlooked. Specifically, the patient's financial situation and cooperation level are two key factors.
Since denture treatment often involves multiple steps and visits, costs can be considerable. This may pose a barrier for economically disadvantaged patients. To reduce expenses, they may opt to omit certain necessary procedures or choose cheaper materials, compromising outcomes.
For example, an ideal treatment workflow includes preliminary design, try-ins, soft tissue conditioning, and other follow-up visits. However, if the patient only completes one visit due to financial reasons, the resulting denture quality will be affected.
Patient compliance with follow-up is also crucial. If patients do not cooperate with subsequent adjustment and maintenance steps, denture status will deteriorate quickly. Regular check-ups can catch issues early, but missed appointments result in lost opportunities for timely intervention.
One solution is to discuss financial considerations thoroughly with patients. Staged payment plans, utilizing the most economical materials, or selecting key steps can be considered. For non-compliant patients, the dentist should enhance communication and education.
Accounting for non-medical factors and providing cost-effective personalized treatment plans is the dentist's responsibility.