Diagnosis

Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination.  This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.

A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums.  The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimetres or less and does not bleed.  The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimetres.  As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.

Your dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into a category below:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease.  Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.

Periodontitis

Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar).  As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth.  Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus.  The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily.  Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.

Advanced Periodontitis

The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligaments continue to be destroyed.  Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost.  Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.

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If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease or treatments, please contact our practice.

In light of government's announcement on Monday January 04, 2021 , we want to reassure you that Preston Circus Dental Practice will remain open during this current national lockdown.  We will continue to provide dental and oral health care to all of our existing and new patients.

We have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and social distancing measures to keep our patients and staff safe, whilst also following the highest infection control standards. We have numerous Covid-19 screening protocols in place, including online patient portal for pre-appointment assessments, wearing a mask at all times, hand sanitising stations, protective Perspex screen at reception, infrared temperature checks upon entry to the practice with all staff wearing enhanced hospital grade PPE.

We believe oral health care is essential and vital for general health, therefore we recommend that you continue to attend your scheduled appointments, book in your routine dental examinations/hygiene appointments and continue to use our services as normal through this lockdown.

We will continue to follow advice from our government bodies and will update you should there be any changes. Whether you’re working from home, being an excellent home teacher(!) or just trying to get through this 3rd, and hopefully our last national lockdown…we look forward to seeing you soon!

Keep well and stay safe,

Preston Circus Dental Practice