Periodontal Disease Diagnosis
Periodontal Disease can be diagnosed by your Pleasanton CA East Bay Dental Expert, Dr. John Gowey, or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.
A periodontal probe is gently used to measure the pockets between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
Your Pleasanton CA East Bay Dental Expert, Dr. John M. Gowey, or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to decipher a diagnosis between two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease which affects only the gums. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed. This is a mild form of gum disease and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing. If it is left untreated, Gingivitis will develop into 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 teeth may become loose, fall out, or require removal by your Pleasanton Periodontal Disease Dentist, Dr. John Gowey.
Periodontal examinations, maintaining good oral hygiene at home, and continued follow-up with your Pleasanton CA East Bay Dental Professional, Doctor John Gowey, is essential to help prevent Periodontal Disease from becoming more serious or recurring.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from Periodontal Disease, please contact the office of Pleasanton CA East Bay Periodontal Disease Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey at 925-271-9291 today!