Within recent decades, we have witnessed a profound transformation in the way treatment plans are conceived and implemented, especially with regard to complex clinical cases. One of the main changes is the importance and attention given to the specific needs and desires of the patient. In order to develop the most appropriate treatment plan, it is essential to identify the general profile of the subject, which involves analyzing and evaluating the complex nature of the patientís clinical status, socioeconomic situation, psychologic characteristics, as well as the prognosis. To achieve a thorough assessment of the patient, the diagnostic and therapeutic process must be reconsidered and developed into an integrated treatment plan that promotes both the interaction between the various disciplines to ensure treatment supported by high-quality scientific evidence and the active participation of the patient. This presentation will show clinical examples of hard and soft tissue reconstruction described in the various stages of diagnosis and treatment.
Mauro Merli, MD, DDS, earned his degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Bologna in 1986 and his specialized degree in odontostomatology in 1989. He is a past president and active member of the Italian Society of Periodontolog and a member of the Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry and the European Association for Cranio-Maxilliofacial Surgery. He is the author of Implant Therapy: The Integrated Treatment Plan (Quintessence, 2013) and several scientific articles. Dr Merli maintains a private practice founded by his father, dedicating his clinical activity to treating complex cases from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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