How Does The Dentist Identify A Problem? Corbet Locke D.D.S. in Woodway
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How Does The Dentist Identify A Problem?

added on: November 10, 2015

When you see the dentist, the doctor may examine your smile to uncover any signs of developing problems. How does the dentist identify a problem? With advanced technology and knowledge, the doctor can find common problems and offer treatment before they progress into something that threatens the overall health and stability of your smile.


The American Dental Association recommends a thorough checkup about once every six months. Whether you are a child or an adult, you need to have your teeth examined regularly. During the exam the doctor looks for warning signs of possible problems, which may include cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. Otherwise, these problems can develop and progress unabated, leading to tooth loss and other serious health complications. How does the doctor search for signs of a problem?

Digital Imaging

With digital imaging the doctor can create a detailed picture of your oral health, once that allows the doctor to highlight portions of the smile that may not be visible to the naked eye. The doctor can also use these images to show patients how treatment will improve the appearance and health of the teeth. You can then ask questions or address concerns you may have.

What Symptoms Should I Watch For?

How do you know if you need to see the dentist? There are two common oral health concerns that affect nearly everyone, tooth decay and gingivitis (which can later lead to gum disease). With tooth decay the patient may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a persistent toothache. With gingivitis or gum disease the patient may encounter gums that are red, sore, or bleed easily. Later, as the disease progresses, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, or even adult tooth loss can occur. If you encounter one or more of these warning signs then see the doctor for a diagnosis. Using digital imaging the doctor will be able to diagnose the issue and recommend appropriate treatment. If you have any questions about identifying common oral health problems then please contact our office today.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.