Diagnosing periodontal disease involves a thorough assessment of the gums, teeth, and supporting structures. Dr. David Poelman and Dr. Jeremy Bergloff will conduct a comprehensive examination that includes several key components. These may include visually inspecting the gums for signs of inflammation, measuring periodontal pocket depths using a probe, and taking X-rays to evaluate bone loss.
Early diagnosis of periodontal disease is crucial because it allows for timely intervention and treatment. Periodontal disease, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can progress and lead to irreversible damage to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. This can result in tooth loss and even impact overall health, as research has linked periodontal disease to various systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.