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What is my PSR score & why is it important?

The oral examination is an integral part of your overall health assessment. During each exam, you may have noticed the dentist gently inserting a periodontal probe between your gum and tooth while calling out a series of numbers.

What are these numbers and why are they important to me?

A few years ago the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology devised a simple standardized system to effectively screen and provide for detection of periodontal disease. The system is termed Periodontal Screening and Recording and knowing your score could help you keep your teeth for a lifetime! Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Early detection means early treatment!

Who should get a PSR examination?

PSR exams should be a routine part of every exam for people over 18 and children and adolescents at risk of periodontal disease.

How does PSR work?

Your mouth will be evaluated in six regions with a special probe. Each region will be coded 0 through 4. The information is then used by the dentist to determine your needs. For example, if all your scores are 2 or less, an additional in-depth examination is not required at this point although some treatment may be recommended. If you score 3 or 4 in any sextant, a more detailed exam is required and your dentist will again base treatment needs on these findings. Your dentist will gladly discuss your score and treatment needs. If indicated, specialty referral to a periodontist will be accomplished for certain advanced cases or specific concerns. Know your PSR score!