Letters to the Editor
Readers of Northwest Dentistry are invited to submit Letters to the Editor on topics related to articles or columns previously published in the journal. Letters written to express viewpoints about current policies or actions of the MDA or other agencies will be referred to an appropriate individual, department, or committee to directly respond to the author. The views expressed are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official policies of the Minnesota Dental Association, the Publications Committee, or Northwest Dentistry editorial staff. Letters will be accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2, 2011
To the Editors,
Recently I had the pleasure of reading Dr. Walter S. Warpeha Jr.’s excellent article on “Pitfalls in Full Mouth Implant Dentistry, Part One” in the January-February 2011 issue of Northwest Dentistry.
I have long promoted simple approaches to oral therapy. We often see complex and expensive therapies for clinical situations that could have been treated with simple, less expensive treatment alternatives. Additionally, many articles and speakers are suggesting relatively unproven complex procedures primarily to satisfy patient esthetic or functional demands, which frequently encourages over-treatment.
It is interesting to note, as was stated in Dr. Warpeha’s article, that some extensive therapies are no better accepted by patients than more conservative modes of treatment.
With increasing life expectancies of patients and availability of so many excellent conservative procedures, it is our professional responsibility to present to patients all of the alternative therapies for their specific clinical needs based on the best evidence available and our own clinical observations.
Patients appreciate thorough, candid, honest, practical solutions for their oral rehabilitative needs. Dr. Warpeha’s provocative article should be motivating for each of us to do so.
Gordon J. Christensen, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
3707 North Canyon Road, 3D
Provo, Utah 84604