Periodontal screenings are dental examinations that can detect early signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease. A good number of Americans live with gum disease in varying degrees. While the condition is widespread, the majority don’t get treated as many are unaware of their condition until it is in the late stages. If left untreated, gum diseases can lead to teeth loss.
This is where periodontal screenings come into play, because with early screening it becomes possible to detect the disease before it spreads. Early detection also increases the chances of an improved outcome for the patient. Just as important, early detection of periodontal disease during the early stages means the treatments will be less invasive compared to treating an advanced case of periodontitis.
The American Dental Association recommends periodontal screenings twice a year, and it should be included in standard dental checkups as a preventive step. Our specialists can identify different types of gum disease with screenings done in our office.
- A visual assessment is performed of your gums to check for signs of puffiness and redness.
- During the screening process we will also check if your gums have started to build pockets between your teeth, and we will also determine if your gums have receded.
- In a typical screening, your teeth are grouped into six parts, and during the process, the tool is moved around your teeth and checks for signs of gum disease and other potential problems.
- The screening procedure may also include some dental x-rays to ascertain if the supporting bone structure under your gums shows any signs of deterioration.
- Following the screening, we will assess the findings and determine the best course of action.
If you have not seen a dentist in six months or longer, we suggest that you get in touch with our office so we can schedule a screening at the most convenient time for you. It is especially important to get treatment if you start noticing signs of periodontal disease like bad breath, losing teeth frequently, changes to your bite and your gums becoming more tenderer.
Our periodontal screenings use the latest techniques to ensure optimum results, and we offer them at rates that won’t break your budget. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. M. Azadeh Afzali at Lifetime Dental Rancho Cucamonga, you may do so by dialing (909) 483-0812 on your phone.