Dr. Schmorr or her associates will use a dental tool called a periodontal probe to measure the space between your teeth and gums (known as the pocket). A healthy pocket is about three millimeters deep or less and doesn’t bleed. The periodontal probe will help our Raleigh dentist determine if your pockets are deeper than three millimeters. Deeper pockets can indicate gum disease.
If Dr. Schmorr detects any bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, or abnormal pocket depths, she’ll diagnose your condition into one of the following categories:
Gingivitis can be the first stage of gum disease. The gums can be tender and bleed from the toxins in plaque causing irritation.
When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar (also called calculus). The build up of tartar causes the gums to recede and the pockets between your teeth and gums get deeper, filling with pus and bacteria. Bone loss may also occur when the gums get irritated and inflamed.
Advanced Periodontitis Treatment
When the gums and bone that support your teeth start to weaken and the periodontal ligament is destroyed; your teeth will begin to lose the support they need to be healthy. Eventually, they become loose and uneven. Furthermore, if left untreated, a severe bone loss can occur. After this occurs, Six Forks Smiles has other options including implants and bridges.
Need treatment for Periodontal Disease?
Dr. Schmorr & Associates at Six Forks Smiles are professionally educated, trained, and experienced dentist that can properly diagnose periodontal disease. Call us 919-834-4450 or fill out the form today to schedule your Raleigh dentist appointment.