DNA Bacteria Detection
We here at Dallas Prosthodontics pride ourselves on our cutting-edge technology, advanced techniques, and innovative treatments. One of these treatments involves DNA bacteria detection. This revolutionary diagnostic tool has become an essential part of restorative dentistry, including implant treatment like All-on-4 and ceramic veneers.
What Is DNA Bacteria Detection?
There are many different types of bacteria found in the mouth, which can cause a wide variety of oral health problems. Oral DNA bacteria detection helps us determine the exact kinds and combinations of bacteria present in your mouth. In turn, this helps us better treat and diagnose periodontal disease, tooth decay, and other dental complications.
DNA bacteria detection is simple, safe, and quick. The entire process is completely painless and takes about 30 seconds. During the procedure, we take a sample of your saliva or other oral tissues and send it to laboratory for thorough testing.
It may take anywhere from ten days to a couple weeks to receive the results. Once we have your results, we can move forward with any additional treatments. These days, DNA bacteria detection is the first step towards more precise and successful restorative dentistry.
The Importance of DNA Bacteria Detection
We usually recommend a DNA bacteria test for anyone in need of our treatments. In some cases, bacteria detection can even be used as a preventive measure. Patients with a family history of tooth decay or gum disease usually have the most to gain from DNA bacteria detection.
Certain types of bacteria are dangerous and destructive. If these bacteria are allowed to progress, advanced periodontal disease will likely occur. For this reason, DNA bacteria detection has become an integral part of treatments involving dental implants, veneers, and other restorations.
Dental Implants, All-on-4, and Veneers
A dental implant is titanium post that is placed underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone during minor oral surgery. Once in place, an implant serves as the root component of a prosthesis. The success of implant treatment largely depends on the process of osseointegration, during which the implant and jawbone fuse together.
Osseointegration takes place in the months following your surgery. Certain dental problems, like periodontal (gum) disease, can affect the success of your treatment and result in implant failure. The infection caused by periodontal disease targets the gum tissue, connective ligaments, and underlying bone. DNA bacteria detection can help us prevent or treat this infection before these problems occur.
Early detection may be extremely beneficial if you need full-arch implant treatment like All-on-4. All-on-4 is a treatment concept that involves a complete fixed bridge supported by only four implants. This means that every implant is vital to your restoration. The failure of one implant may result in the need for additional surgeries or treatments.
Veneers, typically made from porcelain, are thin shells used to improve the structure and appearance of anterior (front) teeth. We may recommend DNA bacteria detection as a preliminary procedure before we place your veneers. Again, this type of testing can ensure the success of your treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation
You, too, could benefit from DNA bacteria detection, especially if you need restorative dentistry. Call (972) 503-7200 to schedule your consultation and learn more about our innovative services.