What To Expect During a Diagnostic Evaluation

Have you been experiencing pain, swelling, or other problems with your teeth, mouth, face, or neck? If so, instead of hoping your discomfort will go away, your best next step is to schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Alireza Panahpour, DDS, at his Brentwood, Los Angeles, California practice The Systemic Dentist.

With a diagnostic evaluation, you can learn what’s causing any dental issues you’re experiencing and get treatment solutions that benefit your overall health. Here’s what you can expect during a diagnostic evaluation and how getting one benefits you.

Understanding a diagnostic evaluation

At a diagnostic evaluation, Dr. Panahpour assesses and evaluates your oral and overall health to determine the cause of your dental symptoms. Based on the findings, he makes a diagnosis and recommends a personalized course of treatment that restores your health.

As a systemic dentist, Dr. Panahpour’s evaluation considers your overall health and determines if there are any connections between your oral symptoms and global physical functioning. He uses one of the most comprehensive labs available in the US to inform your diagnosis and treatment plan.

Why get a diagnostic evaluation?

You’ll benefit from a diagnostic evaluation if you’re experiencing chronic or acute issues in your teeth, gums, mouth, or the surrounding areas like your throat. It’s best to schedule your appointment as soon as possible after you experience symptoms so Dr. Panahpour can quickly resolve your issues before they potentially become more severe.

Dr. Panahpour recommends a diagnostic evaluation if you’re having any of the following or similar symptoms:

  • Pain or severe sensitivity in your teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Loose adult teeth or broken teeth
  • Receding or swelling gums
  • Mouth open sores
  • General swelling in your mouth or face
  • Symptoms of chronic mercury poisoning

If you’re uncertain if a diagnostic evaluation would help your issue, our team at The System Dentist can advise you on whether to schedule a diagnostic exam, another treatment, or seek emergency care.

What happens during a diagnostic evaluation

At your diagnostic evaluation, Dr. Panahpour begins by asking you about your symptoms and your general health. This includes getting a big picture view of your medical history, including any relevant conditions in your general health.

Next, Dr. Panahpour examines your mouth. He uses the latest cutting-edge technology to see inside your mouth, jaw, teeth, and oral cavity.

From your examination results, Dr. Panahpour might recommend further testing using his sophisticated technology or make a diagnosis immediately. A few of the many diagnoses you might receive after your evaluation is complete include: TMJ, cavities, tooth or other hidden dental infections, gum disease, malocclusion, and oral cancer.

Dr. Panahpour guides you through a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and overall health. He always recommends the most minimally invasive treatment available to successfully treat your condition. He only suggests oral surgery when he can’t resolve your issue with a less invasive solution.

If you’re experiencing oral health symptoms that are uncomfortable, painful, or negatively impacting your health, the sooner you can get a treatment and diagnosis, the better. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Systemic Dentist, call us at (310) 986-6001.

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