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DIAGNOSTIC DENTISTRY IN PHOENIX
Just as the title would suggest, diagnostic dentistry is the branch of dentistry where all exams occur and then a diagnosis follows. This is the branch of dentistry where all the questions are asked, X-rays are taken, along with exams in order to diagnose the issue and come up with a treatment plan. This branch also covers screenings for oral cancer.
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WHAT IS INVOLVED IN DIAGNOSTIC DENTISTRY
Comprehensive Oral Exam
This exam will include a dental professional examining a patient’s mouth to look for signs of decay, gum disease, and any other issues that may be visible to the naked eye. This exam may go beyond the basic perusal and include panoramic X-rays or even an oral camera. This allows the dentist to see finer details not visible by simply peering into a patient’s mouth.
Oral Cancer Screening
If necessary, oral cancer screenings may be conducted during the diagnostic stage of your visit. Often times this just means a dental professional will do a physical examination of your mouth and look for signs of oral cancer. If need be, there may be a small tissue sample that’s retrieved and sent off for testing. This provides a more concrete answer if there’s any doubt.
DIGITAL X-RAYS FOR DIAGNOSTIC DENTISTRY
It’s common to get an X-ray then have a large piece of dark film hung up on a special light machine so it can be viewed. However, with digital X-rays, a machine takes the photo and turns it into a photo file that can be viewed on a computer without the hassle of film, lighting, etc. This also makes it easier for the photos to be passed around the office, or to be quickly pulled up at a later date as needed. Further, this also means that the X-rays are available immediately without wasting time.
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