When you have your check up with your dentist they will measure your gums using a device called a probe and it is used to measure, in millimeters, the tissue pockets around your teeth for loss of attachment and bone loss. If the probing depths are too deep to keep clean or if the dentist determines that your gums or bone levels are in jeopardy, they will refer you to a periodontist.
Periodontal disease affects millions of people and it is the main cause of tooth loss.
In the early stages Periodontal Disease is a ‘silent’ condition and you may not be aware that a problem exists until the disease is quite advanced, which is why it is very important to have regular check ups so that we can detect any problems in the early stages of the disease.
Periodontitis ‘eats away’ at the bone that supports the teeth and if untreated can lead to tooth loss. The gums may appear red and swollen, spaces may begin to appear between the teeth, there may be loosening of the teeth, signs of receding gums and vague aching, itching or other discomfort of the gums.
The good news is that most periodontal diseases can be treated.
Here a Smiles Better we have a highly skilled and experienced periodontologist Dr Denise McPartlin