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Importance of diagnosis to offer the best treatment
"Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice"
Martin H. Fischer, Physicist
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Diagnosis: the foundation for providing the best treatment

Key points

  • A patient's dental history, thorough clinical examination and careful acquisition of data, represent critical findings needed to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and formulate an appropriate treatment plan
  • The history should include extraoral examination, intraoral examination, radiographs, digital photographs, and an assessment of the available vertical space
  • The health and well-being of the patient must be considered before proceeding with elective implant treatment
  • One of the best indicators of physical status is the ability of the patient to exercise. The Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Physical Status Classification, based on the ASA Classification System, helps clinicians identify at-risk patients.


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