Posted on 11/16/2020 by Huronia Oral Surgery Group
As experts in the field of dentistry, we have vast experience and knowledge in handling conditions related to improving oral health, including treating gum disease. Our team comprises of qualified personnel that will handle you with dignity and respect, and work to promptly diagnose your prevailing dental disease or condition and come up with the most ideal treatment plan. One of the most common diseases that we come across quite often is gum disease.
The Process of Diagnosing Gum Disease
The first thing that we will do when a patient comes with a complaint of gum disease is to take a detailed history. The history includes the number of days that you have experienced the gum disease, associated factors to the disease that include pain and sensitivity if there is any bleeding, and how often it occurs. Other questions that we will ask include if there is any prior history of the same condition if you indulge in alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. The history is important in coming up with a diagnosis.
The next step after the history taking is a detailed dental examination, taking into account the area of concern. Any form of inflammation, which is shown by reddening, pain, and bleeding of a particular portion of the gum is an indication of underlying gum disease. An important tool during the examination is a tiny ruler known as a "probe", an important tool to measure and check for any pockets around the area of interest. The measure of the pocket of the groove between the gums and the adjacent teeth will show the extent of the disease. The normal measure is usually between 1-3mm, any excess is an indication of disease. We may also recommend a dental X-ray to see the extent of the disease.
The degree and extent of pain and bleeding, including the number of days, will help in coming up with a likely diagnosis. If you have any questions about gum disease on any related topics, feel free to reach out to us for expert advice and the best treatment approach.