Identifying and diagnosing dental problems
In a nutshell, diagnostic dentistry focuses on identifying and diagnosing dental problems and conditions. It involves the use of various diagnostic tools and techniques to assess the health of the teeth, gums, and other structures in the mouth.
The diagnostic process begins with a comprehensive oral examination in which the dentist will visually inspect the teeth and gums while using instruments to measure the depth of gum pockets, check for signs of decay or invocation, and asses the overall health of the mouth.
In addition to the visual examination, diagnostic dentistry may also involve the use of imaging techniques such as x-rays and Intra-Oral photographs, and at other times refer our patients for CT scans and MRI to get a more detailed view of the teeth and underlying structures.
These techniques can help our dentists identify problems that may not be visible during a visual examination such as hidden decay or bone loss.