Periodontal (Gum) Disease (cont.)
Periodontal (Gum) Disease Diagnosis
During any routine dental examination, a dentist will do a periodontal exam of the gums.
- The dentist may use a probe to measure the depth of the pocket between the teeth and the gums.
- Special X-ray films may be used to evaluate the teeth, the bones supporting the teeth, and other mouth structures.
- If periodontal disease is present, the dentist will make recommendations or refer the person to a specialist (periodontist).
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