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When it comes to your dental hygiene, this is where our hygienists truly shine.
Before you meet with Dr. Murchie for an in-depth examination, you’ll enjoy the cleaning work of our incredible hygienists.
Cleanings, also called prophylaxis, are a regular part of your preventive care. Our hygienists will remove the plaque and tartar that collects between your teeth and below the gum line, too. Your teeth will be gently polished and brightened to remove stains. Additionally, we can offer fluoride treatment to strengthen and protect your teeth.
After your teeth are cleaned by your dental hygienist, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Murchie for a thorough exam.
Our preventive exams include the following:
We utilize the advanced technology to provide non-invasive X-rays suitable for your entire family. These digital images provide perfect clarity and detail, so Dr. Murchie and his team know how best to proceed.
Photos will be taken of the interior of your mouth, which is especially important when there are fillings present and we need to see below the surface. They can be taken a few different ways to include the upper and lower teeth of a specific area (bite-wing X-ray), the entirety of a tooth from root to crown (periapical X-rays), and the natural arch of your teeth (occlusal X-rays).
To determine the health of your gums, Dr. Murchie will measure the pocket of each tooth through a periodontal exam, or gingivitis pocket exam. Pocket depth separating the tooth from your gum line, at a certain level, indicates gum disease and can result in tooth loss if left untreated.
Chart Existing Restorations
Based on your exam, Dr. Murchie will make notes on your specific case and share a conversation with you about your treatment plan. It allows for quicker service in the future and also ensures that no detail goes overlooked or missed.
Oral Cancer Screening
Your appointment is the perfect opportunity for Dr. Murchie to search for signs of precancerous or cancerous cells in your mouth. Requiring only a simple exam, this procedure is especially important for those with a history of cancer or those who regularly use tobacco or alcohol.
Head and Neck Exam
A head and neck exam involve the examination of a few different areas, such as your bones, skin, tissues, eyes, lymph nodes, and organs. Typically performed twice a year, it’s a fairly quick observation that is done during your regular check-up.