Diagnosis

Up to date diagnostic procedures and equipment improve our ability to provide you with the best and least invasive treatments.

As specialists, we are proud to use the best of technologies and diagnostics available.   Here are examples of some of the technologies and diagnostic tools we use to provide you with the most thorough, comrehensive, minimally invasive examination and treatment possible. 

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Diagnostic Tools:

State of the Art Technology

GALILEOS 3D Imaging System:

Introducing our State of the Art diagnostic tool: 3D Cone Beam Imaging System- improving our ability to diagnose and perform surgery more accurately and safely. For more information on this exciting technology please click the links below:

GALILEOS 3D Imaging System: lowest radiation on the market

 
 

Florida Probe Electronic Periodontal Charting System and Risk Assessment:

Do you have periodontal disease? Signs of periodontal disease are mostly SILENT. It is a painless disease that starts with bacterial plaque that over time invades the gum line and quietly and painlessly erodes the bone. On occasion you will notice that you have bad breath, redness of the gums, bleeding when you floss or brush.

Don’t wait for these signs- see your dentist or periodontist regularly. They will measure your “pockets”. This is the only way to know for sure if you have periodontal disease.

At our office we use the state of the art technology, “Florida Probe” to gently measure your pockets, check for recession (root exposure), looseness of your teeth. The comprehensive examination also includes a thorough “Risk Assessment”, measuring risk factors including but not limited to medications, genetic risk, heart disease, and diabetes with periodontal disease.

Dental research continues to solidify the link between periodontal (gum) disease and your overall health. Although periodontal disease is often difficult to detect in the early stages without a periodontal exam, it can be very easy and painless to treat. If not treated in a timely manner, periodontal disease has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies.

We are excited to let our patients know that we utilize the Florida Probe® System as an advanced diagnostic tool for the tracking and monitoring of this disease. This system, which utilizes an automated, computerized probe, has proven to be more accurate and consistent than traditional methods of assessing periodontal disease and provides both you and the dental team with advanced information.

 Software automatically tracks good and bad changes in your periodontal health over time and creates a printable periodontal chart that visually illustrates these changes to enhance understanding.

Their new Risk Assessment Screening tool calculates your risk of periodontal infection or re-infection based upon your specific risk factors, which include smoking habits, systemic health, oral hygiene, medications you may be taking, genetics, age and other contributing factors. You are assigned a high, medium, or low risk score based on combining these risk factors and your periodontal exam data to date.

 You will leave with a clear picture of your gum health and a better understanding of your treatment options. Florida Probe®, helping to protect your beautiful smile for a lifetime!

Oral Cancer Screening:  early diagnosis is key

 
 
  • Introducing “Velscope”- state of the art visualization of oral lesions
  • Non invasive screening tool for earlier detection of oral cancer
    For more information please click on the link to the right of the screen

Salivary Diagnostics:  identify the bacteria in your mouth that cause disease

There is a  simple,  inexpensive test using saliva that can tell us what bacteria you have in your mouth.

ASK us if this test is right for you:  MyPerioPath® Testing From OralDNA Labs

The MyPerioPath® salivary diagnostic test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® helps support the clinician with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable outcomes.

The test report will tell you: • The type and concentration of disease-causing bacteria •  The bacterial information necessary to help classify high-risk versus low-risk cases •  Targeted treatment considerations designed to help you provide personalized therapy Treat the cause, not the symptoms: •  Create a highly personalized treatment approach • Enable better risk assessment for more predictable outcomes • Establish a systematic way to track patient oral health progress • Increase patient acceptance of recommended treatment plans

It has been said that the mouth is the “Window” of our health and this saying seems to be true.

More and more research is linking the bacteria from periodontal disease in our mouth to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, infertility in women, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Most recently studies suggest that the bacteria of periodontal disease put you at a 59% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Your risk to develop these diseases is related to the specific BACTERIA in your mouth.  We can determine with a very simple test of your saliva which bacteria you have.  It also helps us determine if your periodontal disease is active and to predict if you are at high risk to develop periodontal disease

Oral Health Facts:  compliments of OralDNA Labs     

Periodontal disease is primarily caused by specific types and levels of bacteria; MyPerioPath®allows customized treatment based on an individual’s bacteria profile.

Research supported by the CDC estimates that approximately 47% of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® identifies patients at risk from harmful pathogens.

Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans or A.a. (detected by MyPerioPath®) has been found in atherosclerotic plaque and implicated in endocarditis and other deep tissue infections.                                                                                                                       

Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans or A.a. (detected by MyPerioPath®) is known to combine with other bacteria in biofilm and increase the severity of an infection.
A meta-analysis reports that up to 20% of the risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease is due to periodontal infections, including those bacteria measured in MyPerioPath®.

ASK us about Salivary Diagnostics:  a simple, relatively inexpensive test using saliva that can tell us what bacteria you have in your mouth.

OralDNALabs-MyPerioPath-report:  Example of the test reporting results