The importance of multi-disciplinary dentistry

Posted on 1st September 2019

When dealing with a combination of dental problems, a multi team approach is required to provide advanced dental care to a high standard. At Infinity Dental Clinic we take a team approach to the care that we provide to our patients.

The treatment described in this blog is for a patient that presented to our clinic with heavily worn teeth, missing teeth and loss of vertical space. This presenting situation was a result of years of gradual dental problems which eventually resulted in the situation below:

The patient was a respectful lady in her 50’s and appeared resorted to having these teeth for the rest of her life. Dentist’s had told her previously that this could not be treated.

It is true that treatment to reverse loss of vertical space is challenging however, it is possible with careful planning. The problem is that such treatment is not possible using simple generalised NHS dental treatments, in fact, treatment to resolve these issues involves advanced dental care performed by a multi-disciplined team of skilled practitioners. 


To treat a case like this we needed to create a new biting position for the patient to increase the vertical space between her upper and lower arches. Following this, all of her teeth were carefully re-contoured to ensure that the teeth fit together in the new biting position with an increased vertical space. The missing teeth were replaced using dental implants and teeth whitening/ polishing was utilised to improve the aesthetic appearance of all of her teeth.

The key here was to not just create a ‘cosmetic’ smile, but also a functional smile. It was only possible to create a functional working smile by carefully planning the new biting position. Cosmetic teeth can be made very easily, however, functional teeth are more bespoke and require more tailor made planning.

The patient was (and still is) delighted with her new smile. Not only has her appearance improved, her ability to chew food properly has also significantly improved.

This treatment was provided to our patient who had never expected such an improvement was possible in her mouth. Our team specialise in spending time on cases like this to find a way to successfully treat our patients, we take great pride and pleasure in performing these treatments. It is not always easy however, with a team of expert minds we are able to work together to achieve a realistically achievable plan for our patients.

Bespoke dental report
Bespoke dental report

Thank you for reading, if you have any comments or queries please contact us using the form below or via [email protected]

Mohsin Patel BDS MJDF RCS (Eng)

Mohsin Patel

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