At your initial visit, a comprehensive periodontal examination will be performed and a diagnosis will be established. We will focus our attention to the area of concern indicated by your referring dentist. If necessary, X-rays may be requested from your dentist or they may need to be taken in our office to help us evaluate the bone levels between your teeth and to check for any possible bone loss. We will make an assessment of the periodontal pockets and the pocket depths.
We will develop a treatment plan and propose any recommended treatment to you at that time. There are a variety of procedures that we may use to treat periodontal disease. Several treatment options may be discussed. We will recommend treatment that will focus on the maintenance of your teeth and implants in the healthiest and most functional state.
X-rays and Digital X-rays
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnosis dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Cone Beam CT-Imaging
Dr. Brown believes that successful implant surgery is not just about reducing your risk, but reducing the risk by proper planning, and proper patient assessment with the most precise implant imaging information. Dr. Brown uses 3D Cone Beam CT imaging for all of his dental implant patients.
Dr. Brown believes that with radiographic imaging protocols he can properly assess the implant sites and establish a methodology for constructing a radiographic stent to make surgical implant placement precision practical, in the most complex reconstructive cases.
The cone beam images show precisely where anatomic structures lie in relation to proposed dental implant site and provide the visualization necessary indicating if pre-surgical procedures such as bone grafts and/or “sinus lifts” are required.
The images are taken in our office either at the time of your appointment, or can be scheduled later. Our Cone Beam uses less then 75% radiation than a medical CT, and less radiation than full mouth x-rays.
The scan is fast and comfortable for the patient and yields volumes of images that can be easily viewed and manipulated for treatment planning. Cone Beam CT imaging is more affordable, more realistic and more convenient for our dental implant patients than a conventional medical CT scan.