Diagnostic Tests

At times, we suggest that diagnostic tests are performed. We do this to get a complete view of what is happening in your mouth and your body. For the tests that we do not perform in our office, we refer you to the laboratories that do these tests and then assist you in fully understanding the results.


This test is done to evaluate galvanism or the “battery effect” created by dissimilar metals in the mouth. Saliva is both acid and salty, and is highly conductive in the presence of dissimilar metals. High positive or negative charges are evaluated. These charges can affect both teeth sensitivity and the “circuits” in the body that relates to each tooth’s position.

ALT (Root Canal toxicity/Proteins)

This test developed from a research testing procedure that shows the presence of proteins/toxins found around infected or dead (non vital) teeth. This is a useful tool to evaluate the status of root canal treated teeth.

Dental Materials Reactivity Testing

The Cliffords Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) is a laboratory screening process (blood test) used to help identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical groups and families of compounds in an individual patient. Note: We have worked with this test for over 30 years and the materials that we have available at Medicine Wheel Dental satisfy the compatibility needs of over 95% of our sensitive patients. However, those with extreme health challenges, environmental sensitivities, or immune system challenged profiles, are encouraged to consider this as an individual option.

Cavitation Evaluation

This new state of the art technology can help to diagnose areas of “dead bone” or “cavitations”, which have often gone unnoticed or undetected, yet, create a very negative impact on the mouth and overall body health.

Heavy Metal Testing

This is a blood test that helps to determine the current bio-burden of toxic heavy metal levels. This is the best way to evaluate the effectiveness of mercury removal protocols.

Tooth Vitality Testing

In addition to temperature and percussive tests, we can use electro pulp testing to determine whether or not a tooth is alive (vital).