During the initial periodontal examination, a periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently placed in the space between the gum and the tooth. A healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps identify deeper pockets which are a sign of disease.
We will use pocket depths, presence of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., along with radiographs (taken in our office or obtained from your dentist) and a soft tissue exam to make a diagnosis. An oral cancer screening will also be done.
A treatment plan tailored to your needs will be discussed with you and a report sent to your dentist so that we can coordinate your total treatment plan and get you on your way to total oral health.