Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease is highly prevalent in adults across the United States. It is important to regularly see your dentist so you can catch this condition early on and undergo proper treatment. When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause serious damage and even tooth loss. Here is a look at the process of diagnosing periodontal disease.

Evaluating the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There are a few key symptoms when it comes to diagnosing periodontal disease. The condition starts with gingivitis, which involves the swelling of the gums. Gums will also take on a reddish color because of the inflammation. As the disease advances, the gums will begin to recede from the teeth, destroying important supportive tissues and causing teeth to loosen. This can ultimately result in tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease can be caused or worsened by tobacco use, poor diet, genetics, or even certain medications. It is wise to see your dentist regularly in order to prevent this condition from occurring.

Assessing the Severity of Periodontal Disease
Your dentist or periodontist will inspect your teeth and gums for the presence of periodontal disease. The first test is primarily visual, and is used to simply determine whether or not you are experiencing periodontal disease. Your dentist may also use a periodontal probe to assess pocket depths. Additional tests may be used to evaluate how quickly the condition might progress; this allows for the creation of an efficient treatment plan, which is necessary in order to save the teeth.

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