Dr. Susan Dennis loves interacting with her patients. “We listen carefully to our patients’ requests,” she said, “and together we come up with the most defined treatments and solutions, whether it’s eliminating headaches, creating beautiful new smiles, or making chewing easier.”
In describing her treatment philosophy, she said, “First of all, I love to look at each individual patient holistically by diagnosing their systemic health and how it relates to their periodontal health, dental health, occlusion or bite, and cosmetic or aesthetic condition. I’m looking for the oral-systemic health connections, with a focus on treating and preventing all dental disease. I combine all of these factors to determine what is best for that individual patient.”
“I listen to each patient’s story and concerns,” she continued, “we co-diagnose, and then I prepare a treatment plan based on their needs and wants. We determine their history to find out what caused the disease, such as decay, tooth wear, or gum disease, and we help them find a way to stop destructive habits. Then we build systems with them for their home care to create and maintain the teeth and smile for a lifetime.”
“And finally, each of our patients is treated with utmost respect. We listen and plan together. Every patient is diagnosed carefully and I create a complete, type-written treatment plan for them in each category: soft-tissue, periodontal, tooth-by-tooth dental, occlusal (having to do with the bite) and aesthetic. Then we use this as a sequential map to plan for and correct their problems over the period time that is right for them.”
Dr. Dennis said she finds the motivation to come to work each day in giving people the smile of their dreams, whether it requires full-mouth reconstruction or just bleaching their teeth to a beautiful, bright, youthful color. And mentoring her team to help them reach their highest potential is also a big part of what she loves about being a dentist. She has also developed a reputation as a compassionate and empathetic professional who understands each patient’s fears. She’s a natural at putting them at ease, while getting them comfortable and numb.