J. Patrick Posey
Atlanta General Dentist Dr. J. Patrick Posey
(404) 261-8121
3495 Piedmont Rd. NE, Bldg, 10, Suite 120, Atlanta, GA 30305

oral exam

New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.


Your gum tissue is measured with a fine instrument ruler to calibrate in millimeters pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue around the tooth. Pocket depths more than 4 millimeters, could indicate disease and infection. The deeper the pocket, the greater the extent plaque bacteria collects and infection in gum disease develop.


X-rays are taken as needed.


Tooth scaling and root planing occur as needed.


Routine cleanings also include a professional polishing (Prophy) that removes only the soft sticky plaque that is above the gum line.



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Dental Education Video - Oral Exam
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  • 8:00am - 12:00pm

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Phone | (404) 261-8121
Fax | (404) 261-4479
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