As part of our preventive services, at the time of your initial, comprehensive examination at our office, our hygienist performs a complete periodontal (gum) charting. At each subsequent dental prophylaxis (cleaning) the hygienist takes a periodontal screening and recording (PSR) score. These readings combine to measure the health of the supporting structures (gum tissue and jaw bone) around your teeth. As this is done at each cleaning, it allows us to monitor your relative condition over time. our hygienist also places sealants and performs fluoride treatments for the prevention of decay.
At the time of your initial, comprehensive examination and at each subsequent oral examination (check-up), Dr. McArdle performs a complete head and neck assessment. This includes an oral cancer screening and a temperomandibular joint (TMJ) exam. At this time he also reviews your x-rays and periodontal condition to determine if referring you to a specialist is indicated. Dr. McArdle always recommends that you use fluoride rinses at home. At the time of your initial, comprehensive examination he may also perform an occlusal (bite) analysis and might advise that you have a nightguard made to prevent tooth wear and TMJ problems. Nightguards are protective appliances inserted at bedtime to prevent the problems that may occur when you grind your teeth during sleep.