The initial assessment of a tooth, including the cause of its current problem, is a very important part of any treatment. The tools we have which help in this assessment include:
Magnification of between x3 to x30 is used with a light source through the lens in a majority of cases and is critical in this fine area of dentistry. Digital photographs are taken during the assessment and during treatment so that a particular problem can be explained in detail.
Cone-beam Computed Tomography (CBCT Scan)
Cone-beam computed tomography is a piece of equipment that allows a 3D radiographic view of the jaws. It is very useful in identifying abnormalities which may not be apparent in the standard radiograph, which may include extra uncleaned canals, areas of infection which have not eroded the outer bone surface (cortical plate), abnormal resorption of the roots or abnormal bone defects.
An OPG gives a good radiographic overview of the dental situation. It can help detect whether there are issues affecting other teeth including the one for which the referral has been made.
Digital Images of patient's teeth is important in some procedures. This helps in planning and providing treatment required.