Diagnostic Services

This is a summary of the most common types of diagnostic services we offer.  A more detailed explanation, in some cases accompanied by an informative video, can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding heading in the menu at the left of this page.

 

EXAMINATIONS

These can be problem specific (usually done on an emergency basis), comprehensive (usually done when there are multiple dental issues, or for new patients who anticipate future follow up care), or periodic (done for patients of record coming back for routine checkups).

 

RADIOGRAPHS

Our office uses the most technically advanced equipment for diagnosing dental disease.  Computerized imaging allows us to obtain records of your teeth and jaws without placing film in your mouth and using the least X-ray exposure available today.

 

PERIODONTAL CHARTING

This is a record used for documenting the initial state of periodontal disease and the change in condition over a period of time.

 

PLASTER MODELS OF TEETH

Plaster casts are made from molds of the teeth.  This is an important three dimensional record used in analyzing exisiting and anticipated changes in a patient’s bite, tooth positioning, size, shape, esthetics, etc.

 

SMILE ANALYSIS

This is a photographic record used in conjunction with smile design principles and a patient’s desire for improvement, to determine the possible courses of treatment.

 

ORAL CANCER SCREENING

This procedure is used to flag potential lesions that could be suspicious and which will require further testing to rule out serious disease.