Oral Exam

New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.  Your gum tissue is measured with a fine instrument ruler to calibrate in millimeters pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue around the tooth.  Pocket depths more than 4 millimeters could indicate disease and infection.  The deeper the pocket, the greater the extent plaque bacteria collects and infection in gum disease develop.

X-rays are taken as needed.  Tooth scaling and root planing occur as needed.  Routine cleanings also include a professional polishing PROFY that removes only the soft sticky plaque that is above the gum line.