How is Periodontal disease diagnosed?

Measuring a periodontal pocket depth Periodontal disease is diagnosed using and instrument called a periodontal probe. The probe is inserted between the gingiva and the tooth. Gentle pressure is used until the probe meets resistance, and then a measurement is taken. Typically, the tooth is probed at 6 different points. Bleeding upon withdrawing or during probing is always diagnostic of Gingivitis. Probing depths greater than 5mm with accompanying bone loss is indicative of Periodontitis. Gingivitis is present with Periodontitis but the latter term is used exclusively once that diagnosis is made. Radiographic bone loss is evident with Periodontitis. A diagnosis of Periodontitis or Gingivitis is made by a Dentist or Periodontist.

About Jack Wasserstein, DDS

I am a Periodontist in Valencia CA and I have been in private practice in since 1990. I am blessed to be able to say that my work is also my play. I hope to share my insights, with you, that I have cultivated over the last 20 years.


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