Diagnostic Evaluation

The Systemic Dentist

Alireza Panahpour, DDS

Systemic Dentistry located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

A diagnostic evaluation from a systemic dentist can lead to diagnoses of oral health and overall health conditions. Alireza Panahpour, DDS, uses state-of-the-art diagnostic technology in his office in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, as well as the services of one of the most extensive labs in the country to perform diagnostic evaluations with accurate results. To book your next diagnostic evaluation, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.

Diagnostic Evaluation Q & A

What is a diagnostic evaluation?

A diagnostic evaluation is an appointment involving an exam and tests to determine what’s causing your symptoms. 

Dr. Panahpour asks for information about your symptoms and concerns before examining the inside of your mouth. Then he uses state-of-the-art technology to get a deeper look into your teeth, jaw, and oral soft tissues.

As a systemic dentist, Dr. Panahpour also takes information about your overall health. He explores the links between oral and overall health and can tell you whether or not your complication has any bearings on other conditions affecting you. Learning about your overall health helps him make a more accurate diagnosis. 

Dr. Panahpour interprets your exam results and any additional tests, like lab work, ultrasound imaging, or 3D digital imaging. Once he comes to a conclusive diagnosis, he plans your individualized treatment.

When should I book a diagnostic evaluation?

Many symptoms and complications affect your oral health and function and may indicate your need for a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Panahpour. It’s usually best to take these signs seriously and book an appointment since many oral health conditions can worsen or spread without prompt treatment. 

Consider a diagnostic evaluation if you experience:

  • Tooth pain
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Open sores within your mouth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Swelling
  • Broken teeth
  • Chronic mercury poisoning

You should seek emergency care if you have a fever with your symptoms or severe swelling in your face or neck. Dr. Panahpour asks about the duration and severity of your symptoms to learn more about them. 

What are the possible findings of a diagnostic evaluation?

Dr. Panahpour uses diagnostic evaluations to diagnose many of the most common dental diseases and conditions that stem from oral health complications. After a thorough examination and possible testing, he might diagnose you with:

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • A tooth infection
  • A cavity 
  • Gum disease
  • Hidden dental infection
  • Malocclusion
  • Oral cancer

Your course of treatment depends on your diagnosis, but Dr. Panahpour typically prioritizes non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments. He performs oral surgery only when other approaches are ineffective for treating your condition.

Oral health conditions can worsen over time and soon lead to health complications throughout your body. To address your symptoms with a diagnostic evaluation, call Alireza Panahpour, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.