To schedule an appointment, call our patient support team to discuss the many services that our practice can provide for your entire family!
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).
how to care for yourself and what to expect after a filling.
This is Dr. Peter Murchie at Goochland Dentistry. We want to talk to you about how to take care of yourself and what to expect after having a filling.
After filling, it is common to experience mild sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweets. This sensitivity usually goes away within a few days, but in some cases, it can last up to six months.
If the sensitivity becomes more severe and throbbing, please call our office, and we will evaluate and see how we can help you.
You also may find some soreness where the injection was given for the numbing. This can be resolved by taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, or over-the-counter pain medications.
Enjoy your fillings, brush your teeth, and we will see you soon. Thank you!
If you have any questions, please call us at (804) 784 4624
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.