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Article: Volume 42 Number 3 Page 282 - April 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 282-290

Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry:  Aesthetic Treatment Related to Clinical Need – An Illustrated Case Report

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Abstract: Aesthetic treatment may be patient driven and usually by a ‘want’, rather than a ‘need’. This paper describes the management of a patient who presented with aesthetic wants and clinical needs, both of which were caused as a result of unsuccessful aesthetic treatment which the patient had received previously. The diagnostic process, discussion of the treatment plan and clinical procedures, which produced a satisfactory result, are described and illustrated.

Clinical relevance: This case demonstrates that aesthetic treatment may commit the patient to future dental treatment needs, particularly if treatment provided is poorly planned and carried out to an unsatisfactory standard.

Author notes: Paul Worskett, BDS, LDS RCS, DGDP(UK), MSc, General Dental Practitioner, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, UK.

Objective: To demonstrate that aesthetic treatment may incur future treatment need.

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