How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?
During regular dental visits, Dr. Flower and the team at Flower Dental can detect periodontal disease in its early stages before there is significant permanent damage to the gums and jaw bone that support your teeth. Our hygienist uses an instrument to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. In healthy gum tissue, these pockets are usually 2-3 millimeters deep and can be easily cleaned by floss or a toothbrush. If these measurements are deeper than 3 millimeters and include bleeding areas, this indicates the presence of disease. Digital x-rays may also be taken to evaluate the shape and density of the bone around your teeth. This combination of assessments allows us to understand your condition and to develop a personalized treatment plan for how to keep this disease under control.