Patient Profile: Patient is a 71-year old White Caucasian female.
Chief Complaint: "I am concerned about the stain on my teeth and would like it removed. The gold is wearing on one of the molars. Does that mean the crown will need to be replaced?"
Dental History: The patient saw a dentist ten years ago when the crowns were placed. She has followed recommendations for dental hygiene recare appointments every 6 months at a dental hygiene program clinic.
Medical History: Patient had breast cancer six years ago which required a mastectomy. She received six months of chemotherapy and nine weeks of radiation and reports no complications since. She is taking no prescribed medications at this time; however, she does report taking one baby aspirin daily to thin her blood. The patient has a history of stomach ulcers and hernias for which she took prescribed medications in the past. She has encountered no problems with GI difficulties in the past 12 months. She reports she suffers with occasional arthritis and takes a pain reliever, not ibuprofen, yet she cannot recall its name.
Social History: The patient reports smoking a pack of cigarettes daily for 50 years.