Periodontal Exams

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your periodontist at your initial dental visit. This will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: A periodontal charting to evaluate the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Occlusal analysis: Evaluation of the bite, TMJ, bruxism, and clenching.

  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.

  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.


This exam involves a localized area of your dentition. An x-ray and/or intraoral picture is taken of involved area. In addition, this type of exam could involve an occlusal (bite) evaluation for grinding or clenching.


Dental Implant Consultation

This exam could involve a localize site, upper arch, lower arch, or both arches. A CBCT scan will be needed to evaluate the bone for dental implants. Learn More about Dental Implants.