How is gum disease diagnosed?

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How is gum disease diagnosed?

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During a periodontal exam, your gums are checked for bleeding, swelling, and firmness. The teeth are checked for movement and sensitivity. Your bite is assessed. Full-mouth X-rays can help detect breakdown of bone surrounding your teeth. Periodontal probing determines the severity of your disease. A probe is like a tiny ruler that is gently inserted into pockets around teeth. The deeper the pocket, the more severe the disease. In healthy gums, the pockets measure less than 3 millimetres and no bone loss appears on X-rays. Gums are tight against the teeth and have pink tips. Pockets that measure 3 millimetres to 5 millimetres indicate signs of disease. Tartar may be progressing below the gum line and some bone loss could be evident. Pockets that are 5 millimetres or deeper indicate a serious condition that usually includes receding gums and a greater degree of bone loss. Following the evaluation, your dentist or periodontist will recommend treatment options. Methods used to treat gum di

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To find out if you have gum disease, your dentist will do an exam to look for: • Bleeding gums. • Hard buildups of plaque and tartar above and below the gums. • Areas where your gums are pulling away or shrinking from your teeth. • Pockets that have grown between your teeth and gums. Your dentist or dental hygienist may take X-rays of your teeth to look for bone damage and other problems. How is it treated? If you have a mild case of gum disease, you will probably be able to take care of it by brushing and flossing your teeth every day and getting regular cleanings at your dentist’s office. If your gum disease has become worse and you have periodontitis, your dentist or dental hygienist will clean your teeth using a method called root planing and scaling. This removes the plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. You may also need to take antibiotics to help get rid of the infection in your mouth. If your gum disease is severe, you may need to have surgery. How can y

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To diagnose gum disease, your dentist will do an exam to look for: • Bleeding gums. • Hard deposits (calculus or tartar) above and below the gum line. • Areas where your gums are pulling away or receding from your teeth. • Pockets that have formed between your teeth and gums. Your dentist or dental hygienist may take X-rays of your teeth to look for bone damage and other problems. How is it treated? If you have gingivitis, you will probably be able to reverse it with daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office. If your gum disease has advanced to periodontitis, your dentist or dental hygienist will clean your teeth using a method called root planing and scaling. This removes the plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. You may also need to take antibiotics to help get rid of the infection in your mouth. If your gum disease is severe, you may need to have surgery. How can I prevent gum disease? While gum disease is most common in adults

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I just answer another person from Spring about gum disease. It may be the same person. Anyway, here is my answer. Gum disease is a disease involved the alveolar supporting bone surround the affected teeth being destroy through bacterial infection and further worsen if they are in poor occlusion. To detect the disease we usually examine the full mouth x-ray and perform a periodontal probing (walk around the teeth with a small ruler to measure the pocket depth). In all case, x-ray must be taken to provide the diagnosis. Your gum can be bleeding, and your teeth may be mobiled, but if there is NO bone loss, there is NO gum disease (Periodontitis), even with deep pocket depth. In this second scenario, it is only gingivitis with an occlusal component need to be addressed. The pocket involved is due to swollen gum, not bone loss, and therefore is termed pseudopocket. The cost involved in therapy of the second scenario is very inexpensive, and it may involve only a regular 60.00 cleaning. Plea

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Patient has not been to the dentist in over 20 years. Advanced Periodontitis is the result of un and mis diagnosed Early Periodontal disease. Visit your dentist regularly, brush and floss every day. Your gums should NEVER bleed when you brush and floss. http://johndds.com http://www.lasergumdentist.

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