Our goal is to be proactive vs reactive to provide you with best minimal care.
Examinations are provided twice yearly with necessary x-rays and if you have periodontal disease, you will additionally see our periodontist once a year.
Many things can change from one visit to the next and we will be looking beyond teeth and gums. The mouth is the window of your total health and in our evaluation, we are highly in-tuned to your health, so we ask that you share any changes in your medical history. Ideally, we eliminate the need for treatment or have early detection. For instance, many medications change saliva flow which will greatly increase tooth decay.
Our comprehensive examination will begin with evaluation of your Airway, Oral Cancer Screening, Tooth Wear, Tooth Alignment, TMJ and thoroughly evaluate Teeth and Gum health including gum recession and bone loss. How teeth touch when chewing and make contact is a huge difference on how teeth/restorations wear of fracture.
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth and causes inflammation throughout the body. Sadly, periodontal disease affects 47.2% of the US adult population according to the CDC, which is why at PDG all adults will be recommended to see our hygienists every 3-4 months to remove tartar.