What are Periodontal Scans Used For?
Periodontal issues are increasingly common for a wide variety of patients. Typically, issues associated with periodontal disease, or commonly called gum disease, can have a big effect on our overall health. At Cadle Cosmetic Dentistry, we pride ourselves on identifying periodontal disease at an early stage so that we can effectively treat it and keep it at bay to help improve your health.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. Periodontal disease can range from patient to patient in the seriousness of the condition, and how effective treatment can be. Illness or infections located in the mouth can be especially problematic for patients because it compromises the immune system, and infections from the mouth can easily spread throughout the rest of the body.
At Cadle Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a wide range of options to help treat gum disease, but we also want to ensure that we watch out for the health of your mouth over a longer period of time. This is why we suggest the use of periodontal scans for our patients who have experienced certain types of infection or issues with their teeth.
There are a variety of different tools and techniques that are designed to capture high-quality images of your mouth. Some of these options can even allow us to make a three-dimensional representation of your mouth. The more detailed and accurate the imaging is, the easier it becomes to identify issues when they are small, and it also allows our staff to monitor changes in your mouth before they could otherwise be noticed.
X-rays are often used to help identify any issues quickly. X-rays offer two-dimensional images that can help identify issues in the teeth and underlying bone. However, these two-dimensional images have some limitations that more advanced imaging can solve.
Cone Beam scanning creates a three-dimensional panoramic view of the mouth and can identify most types of dental issues for our patients.
CAT Scanning is one of the techniques that can be used. This scan allows for a 3-d digital rendering of your mouth, but can also image the underlying structures, including the bone, blood vessels, and nerves. This information can be critical to help develop a treatment plan that best suits you.
Beyond Periodontal Disease
While imaging can be incredibly useful to help identify and track issues associated with periodontal disease and its treatment, there are also several other benefits of using periodontal scans. Some scanning methods are so detailed that they are completed before a surgery or procedure is scheduled. This allows our team to identify any underlying structures, or see if there are any potential issues that they can expect while performing your operation. This process can significantly improve the outcomes of operations for patients.
Additionally, routine scans can offer insight into minor changes before they become bigger issues. This approach can often allow our patients to change something in their dental routine, or be placed on a specific medication to address the issue right away. In many cases, routine imaging has helped patients avoid a costly and uncomfortable procedure.
Finally, routine monitoring, and even sometimes, the initial monitoring can identify issues that are not currently visible and do not exhibit symptoms. This is especially true for certain types of mouth cancers. Imaging can detect small masses even if you have not noticed them yet. This helps to reduce the potential of growth or spread of cancer.