Arriving at a diagnosis involves assessment of your oral health.
Firstly, we record your medical and dental history, including any relevant medical conditions and medications that may impact your oral health.
Next, if necessary, a clinical examination would be conducted, focusing on the gum tissues, teeth, and supporting structures. This may include measuring the depth of periodontal pockets, assessing gum inflammation, examining tooth mobility, and inspecting for any signs of gum recession or bone loss. (X-rays and other imaging techniques may also be used to assess the condition of the bone supporting the teeth.)
Once the examination is complete, we analyze the collected data and identify any signs of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
Gingivitis is characterized by inflamed and bleeding gums without significant bone loss, while periodontitis involves both gum inflammation and progressive destruction of the supporting bone.
We would then discuss the findings with you, explaining the diagnosis in a clear and understandable manner. This will involve detailing the extent of any periodontal disease, its severity, and the potential consequences if left untreated.
We would also address any contributing factors, such as poor oral hygiene habits or smoking, and discuss how they can be managed or improved to help prevent further progression of the disease.
Finally, we may present a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, outlining the various treatment options available, the expected outcomes, and the importance of regular follow-ups to monitor progress and maintain optimal oral health.