Office Visits for Periodontics

Periodontal examination

During the initial consultation, medical history, examination of radiographs, and multiple measurements are compiled in order to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums. The length of the consultation varies between 30 and 60 minutes. Typically, at the conclusion of the appointment, all treatment options tailored to your needs will be presented. We will work together with your referring dentist and hygienist as a team in order to achieve the best possible results for your overall health.

Some measurements that we perform are:

Pocket depths

These are the spaces between your gums and teeth. In many cases, deeper pocket depths tend to mean a greater accumulation of bacteria and a greater destruction of bony support around teeth.

Tooth mobility

Typically, dental mobility tends to be associated with bone loss, infection of the dental nerve, and/ or occlusal factors.

Gum bleeding

When the gums around a tooth are infected, they tend to bleed during the pocket depth examination, as well as during brushing and/or flossing.

Gum recession

Healthy, pink gums around teeth tend to protect them from various wear forces and bacterial infection. The amount of gum recession as well as the gum thickness are important indicators of the longevity of dental health.

 

What should I bring to my first periodontal appointment?

  • All X-rays (radiographs) given to you by your dentist and/or hygienist
  • All relevant medical history information, including a list of all of your current medications and allergies
  • All of your dental plan/insurance information