How is periodontal disease diagnosed?

A periodontal examination is performed to diagnose gum disease. A periodontal probe is used to make several measurements around each tooth. Pocket depth is one measurement that is made six places around each tooth. Pockets should measure 3 mm or less and not bleed when probed. Bleeding is a sign of inflammation. X-rays are necessary to help assess bone loss.

Periodontal Exam Includes

Periodontal probing w-o text

Periodontal probe measuring the depth of a pocket.

Periodontal bone loss x-ray w-o text

X-ray of periodontal bone loss.

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