A periodontal examination is a means for your dentist to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. The examination will enable your dentist to diagnose gum diseases such as periodontitis, gingivitis, receding gums, sore gums, exposed roots, and other problems.
Items evaluated by the dentist during a periodontal examination are:
Radiographs are generally required in addition to the periodontal examination. Periapical radiographs are utilized to determine if there is any bone loss around your teeth. These radiographs will show your entire tooth from the crown to the root. A panoramic radiograph may also be helpful. This radiograph will provide information about important structures in your jaw, maxillary sinuses and the jaw or temporomandibular joints.
Dr. Biggs will check all of these factors on each of your visits. They will repeat measurements so that they can track the progress of your treatment. For instance, in scaling and root planing, your dentist will chart the measurements before the treatment and the measurements as you progress. After several weeks or months, you and your dentist will be able to see if the treatment is effective.