What Is Diagnostic Imaging?

kaniaimagingThe first step in receiving treatment is an exam. The doctor takes a close look at your smile for indicators that something is wrong. As part of this process the patient may need diagnostic imaging. What is diagnostic imaging? Using advanced technology the doctor can obtain a clear and precise view of your oral health.

When Do I Need Diagnostic Imaging?

We use this technology to create an accurate assessment of your oral health, particularly for patients who may need treatment for gum disease. Common symptoms of gum problems include:

  • Sore or red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth

If you experience one or more of these symptoms then you need to see a periodontist. There, we will use diagnostic imaging to assess your oral heath and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Digital X-Rays

To create a detailed look at your smile we will use digital x-rays. This technology uses up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. In addition, the system doesn’t need harsh chemicals and long lengths of time to develop the images. Instead, the doctor can take almost instantaneous images, showing the patient chairside a clear image of their smile and allowing the doctor to make an accurate and precise diagnosis.

What Next?

After the doctor completes the imaging and makes a diagnosis, what next? First, the doctor will explain the problems and outline possible solutions. The doctor will answer any questions you have or address any concerns. We have non-surgical periodontal therapy for minor cases of gum disease and we can also use laser dentistry or perform pinhole gum graft procedures to address more serious cases and improve your oral health. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation please contact our office today.


As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.