Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease
Now that we have defined what Periodontal Disease is, let us tell you how South Calgary Periodontist will diagnose your level of severity!
Despite our increased understanding of periodontal infections, the best diagnosis is through a traditional clinical exam. To arrive at a periodontal diagnosis of your condition, we will perform the following assessment:
- We will determine the presence or absence of clinical signs of inflammation (e.g., whether there is any bleeding upon instrument probing)
- We will probe the depths of your gum pockets
- We will determine the extent and pattern of loss of clinical attachment and bone
- We will go over your specific medical and dental history
- We will determine the presence (or absence) of miscellaneous signs and symptoms, including pain and/or ulceration, along with the amount of observable plaque and calculus present on your teeth.
Plaque-induced periodontal diseases have traditionally been divided into two general categories: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the presence of gingival inflammation without the loss of any connective tissue attachment. Periodontitis is when the inflammation at the sites of attachment have been compromised. And then there is a loss of either connective tissue or bone.
After your examination, your South Calgary Periodontist will then take the information gathered during the exam and present you with a treatment plan based on the severity of your case. Those levels are defined as:
- Gingivitis (Type 1)
- Mild Periodontitis (Type 2)
- Moderate Periodontitis (Type 3)
- Advanced Periodontitis (Type 4)
- Refractory Periodontitis (Type 5)
At South Calgary Periodontal, we will work with you to determine the level of severity of your periodontal disease. Once diagnosed, we will then suggest an appropriate treatment plan for your condition. We will work to educate you about your particular situation so you can make the most informed treatment choices possible.
At South Calgary Periodontal Group, we are always welcoming new patients!
Call us at (403) 278-5446 to book your Periodontal Consultation appointment today!