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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).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/27/2014
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