Types of Examinations

Oral Cancer Screening

If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through the early identification of pre-cancerous conditions, and provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.

Periodontal Evaluation

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Canada. Studies have shown that periodontal disease is a contributing factor to heart disease. Dr. McGinnis and our hygienist will examine your gum tissues to ensure that gum disease is detected in its early stages. Because bone loss is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of cosmetic treatment, we take the health of your gum and bone tissues very seriously.

Occlusal Examination

The forces of your bite can sometimes affect the positioning of your jaw and teeth. Through minor polishing of the enamel surfaces or smoothing fillings of the teeth, Dr. McGinnis can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces. Adjustments to chewing surfaces can often eliminate headaches that occur as a result of irregular biting patterns.

Caries Exam

During this visual examination, Dr. McGinnis locates areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Dr. McGinnis uses clinical exam findings to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.