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Periodontal Diagnosis

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.

A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimetres or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimetres. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.

Your dentist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis of diseases that will fall into the below categories:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.

Periodontitis

Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.

Advanced Periodontitis

The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalised moderate to severe bone loss may be present.

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Monday 08:00AM to 06:00PM
Tuesday 08:00AM to 08:00PM
Wednesday 08:00AM to 06:00PM
Thursday 08:00AM to 06:30PM
Friday 08:00AM to 05:00PM
Saturday 08:00AM to 12:30PM
Sunday Closed
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