Preliminary Examination in Glendale, CA

Dental Implants in Glendale CAJust like every patient, each dental procedure is unique and no two are ever exactly the same for everyone. And because of this fact, it is very important that the dentist or dental practitioner carries out specific tests during the preliminary examination that will assess the patient’s overall dental condition prior to any procedure. In Dr. Edwin Babadjanian’s dental clinic, a thorough preliminary examination is one effective way to give them an estimated idea of the success rate of a dental implant operation, as well as a basis for gauging possible patient response to the treatment.

Preliminary examination usually starts with an X-ray of the patient’s mouth to give the dentist a general idea of what the condition of the patient’s teeth is. In addition to that, it will also give them a visualization of the jaw in relation to the planes of the mouth, or see other parts of the oral bone structure that need repair or require treatment as well. It is common for dentists to use a panoramic radiograph to allow them to see both the upper and lower structures of the mouth, thereby giving them a comprehensive view of the patient’s oral condition to help them diagnose any underlying diseases that may affect the success of the treatment. These images also show them the span of available phone for the implantation process and even the orientation of the adjacent teeth, which are all critical points when mapping out a strategy for implant surgery.

For more accurate results, CT or CAT Scans are being used increasingly in preliminary examinations. Cone Beam CT scans, however, are also now being used more frequently because they give very similar results, but also use significantly less radiation, making them ideal for these types of tests. It is a fact that radiation dosages are accumulated with each exposure, and this now gives patients the option of potentially lowering the long-term effects of being subjected to excessive radiation while still getting the results that they need prior to their procedure.

Both of these scans provide high detail and accurate visualizations of the internal bone structure of the mouth that is essential for procedures like dental implantation. But other preliminary examinations are also needed in order to fully understand and assess the actual condition of the patient’s mouth and be able to effectively address all of the patients needs. Guns need to be checked for gum disease, and each individual tooth has to be checked for cavities or other latent diseases. Impressions of the patient’s mouth will also be needed at various times throughout the treatment to assess the patient’s bite, and become the basis for further restorations. Documenting previous results and current status in photographs may also be implicated in preliminary examinations to allow the practitioner to keep an accurate record of treatment activities.

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