What Is a Periodontal exam?
A periodontal exam is how your dentist checks the health of your gums. A thin metal instrument (or periodontal probe) is used to measure the space where the gums connect to the teeth. The bigger the space is between the teeth, the easier it is for bacteria to grow and cause gum disease. This exam helps to pinpoint exactly what type of future treatment will be needed, including scaling and root planing (removing tartar below the gumline), as a course of action and what phase your gum disease is in, if at all. Our team at Sunshine Dental performs several efficient solutions to eliminate any dental gum issue, no matter the severity. Reach out to our practice in Corona, CA at your earliest convenience to plan a biannual routine evaluation, and find out about the ways we provide the dental solutions you need.
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What is treatment following a periodontal exam like?
The treatment following a periodontal exam will vary based on the severity of your gums. If you don't have gum disease, you should continue your dental routine of flossing and brushing twice daily. However, for Corona, CA patients who experience signs of swollen or red gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, or frequent bad breath (also called halitosis), gum disease could be impacting their dental health. You may be asked to come in for several follow-up deep cleanings in the event that gum disease is detected. Talk to our dentists at Sunshine Dental to learn more about how we help you restore your gum wellness and prevent periodontal disease from coming back.
Periodontal Exam FAQ
How Often Should I Get a Periodontal Exam?
For most people, it's advisable to undergo a periodontal exam once a year as part of your regular dental check-up. However, if you have risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, or a family history of gum disease, you may need more frequent exams.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include swollen or red gums, bleeding during brushing, and persistent bad breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, scheduling a periodontal exam at Sunshine Dental can help determine the best course of action.
What Happens During the Periodontal Exam at Sunshine Dental?
During the exam, the dentist will use a periodontal probe to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. They may also take dental X-rays and review your medical history. The findings will be discussed with you and, if necessary, a treatment plan will be formulated.
Stop the progression and recover
Thanks to advanced dental care methods, Sunshine Dental can help people affected by periodontal disease get access to beneficial solutions and restore the health of their smile. If you have one or more symptoms associated with gum disease, we recommend that you contact our Corona, CA office. Dental pain specialist Dr. Bhavik Bhakta and his staff perform a number of options to manage any level of periodontal disease.