Receiving a regular periodontal evaluation is extremely important if you are at risk for developing gum disease. Our team will examine your periodontal health and provide a personalized improvement plan to help you restore your gums.
A periodontal evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of the current condition of a patient’s gums. Periodontitis, also called gum disease, is extremely common, with the condition affecting more than half of all adults to some degree. The condition can become very serious, and it can lead to tooth loss and bone deterioration if proper treatment is not provided. That is why we urge all adults to receive regular periodontal evaluations. This is the best way to obtain a current assessment of a patient’s gums and know exactly what treatment is needed.
During a periodontal evaluation, we check a patient’s teeth, gums, bite and overall bone structure to see if they are displaying signs or symptoms of periodontitis. One of the most noteworthy features of gum disease is the presence of periodontal pockets. These are voids that develop when the gums become irritated and retract from the teeth. Measuring the depths of the periodontal pockets is one of the best ways to determine how far the condition has progressed. The deeper the pockets, the more serious the gum disease. Our experts always make sure to explain any findings and measurements during a periodontal evaluation.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain positive oral health. The condition is caused when the gums are irritated by prolonged exposure to tartar, bacteria and plaque. By keeping your teeth free of harmful buildups and accumulations, you give yourself the best chance of fending off gum disease. While receiving a regular periodontal evaluation is still important, providing proper oral care will still make you less likely to require advanced treatment or service. Proper care includes brushing and flossing daily and visiting our practice at least once every six months for a complete dental checkup.
If we do determine that you are suffering from periodontitis, then we will likely recommend one or more periodontal services. Many minor to moderate cases of periodontitis can be treated with scaling and root planing. This is essentially a deeper cleaning than what is provided during a regular dental checkup. Our experts will access the areas deep below the gum line and remove the harmful materials that are causing damage. If the condition progresses further, we may need to provide oral surgery to access the buildups and remove the unwanted matter. The most serious cases of periodontitis will require bone grafts to restore the deteriorated and decayed jawbone. Our goal is to provide treatment before patients reach that crucial stage. Remember, preventing periodontitis and treating it early on is always the best course of action.
Receive an assessment of your oral health with a periodontal evaluation from Broadway Dental. Our experts look forward to working with you and helping you prevent gum disease. Please call us at (781) 202-5371 to schedule an appointment.