There are many diagnostic tools and methodologies available to an experienced dentist. From various types of consultation, to intraoral visual checks and radiology. However, for certain purposes, a full diagnostic model of a patient’s teeth and inner oral structure must be taken. A properly taken diagnostic model enables the 3D visualisation of a patient’s mouth in a manner that is highly useful for the prescription of further treatment, whether restorative, infection oriented, or otherwise.
Interestingly, the regular monitoring of oral health by a dental professional, whether by means of consultation or modelling, has become increasingly recognised as a doorway into the health of the body. Abnormalities in dental health can indicate health conditions throughout the rest of the body, including:
Proper diagnostic modelling, then, can provide benefit far beyond the immediate analysis of structural damage to teeth and the onset of periodontal or gum disease. But what exactly does the diagnostic modelling process entail?
The process of diagnostic modelling is usually represented by six key steps. We don’t need to cover all of them here, so below you’ll find a condensed version.
As mentioned above, the diagnostic modelling process is an important tool in the arsenal of an experienced, full-service dentist. At Care Dental Camberwell, we believe that accurate diagnostic models not only enable the prescription of more individualised treatments and procedures, but also serve as a great basis for communication with the patient.