During your checkup, Dr. Berdy will examine your mouth to assess the overall health and stability of your teeth, gums, and surrounding areas including the muscles supporting your teeth, jaw joints, and tongue. He will review your current x-rays and then present his findings to you. A screening for oral cancer can also be performed at this time.
When examining your mouth an instrument called a periodontal probe is used to assess the health and quality of your gums and tooth attachments. The periodontal probe is used to measure the pocket depth, or collar of gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. Normal pocket depths are in the range of 1-3mm.
A microscope evaluation using a phase contrast microscope may be done. This enables us to determine the types of bone destroying bacteria that may be present and the extent of your infection to the surrouning areas. A sampling of the bacteria in the area of an infection may be sent off for further analysis to aid in our determination of an appropriate periodontal therapy. A DNA analysis may also be done to assess suseptibility to periodontal diseases.