Diagnostics initially involves listening to a patient description of their current state and their treatment requests. These findings assist treatment planning once other investigations such as those outlined below are performed. Medical and dental history are recorded and are very relevant to treatment strategy.
Oral examination looks intraorally at the soft and hard tissues and extends facially to check for features, pathology, fatigued ligaments and muscles or jaw joint problematic regions. All relevant findings are recorded and charted.
X-ray analysis including Cat scans where indicated, to observe where visual inspection cannot.
Photographic records and impressions to fabricate plaster models for analysis and planning.
Tooth vitality testing to check the tooth nerve to see if it is alive or affected in some way.
Pressure testing of a tooth to check for areas that may be cracked.
Percussion testing to check for inflammation or infection affect ted teeth.
Periodontal health assessment by using a gum probe to assess amount of detachment of gum from tooth (pocketing) and overall soft tissue state and levels around teeth.
Referrals for opinions and treatment to a specialist.
Continually updating findings and treating accordingly. Time between visits for a condition to be expressed or better assessed is an invaluable aid for diagnostics.