Modern research has shown that gum disease is, unfortunately, a health condition that affects over 80% of the population at some point in their life. Being the most severe type of gum disease, periodontitis, is also the main cause of tooth loss. Periodontal exams with our Jericho gum disease dentist can diagnose gum disease early, and is very important in minimizing, or even preventing, the damage to your bone and connective tissues around your teeth. In its first stages, gum disease can be treated easily by just improving your daily oral hygiene at home, but our Elan Katz, DDS, PC, often sees patients with periodontal disease after severe damage has already occurred. If gum disease is not diagnosed through a thorough gum disease evaluation, irreversible damage can occur, and even extensive periodontal surgery may not be enough to prevent tooth loss.
In addition to a gum disease evaluation, X-rays will also show the condition of your jaw bone around the roots of your teeth. These radiographic images allow our Jericho gum disease dentist to assess not only the amount, but the pattern of bone structure loss. When the issue is localized, periapical X-rays of your infected tooth may be enough, but when periodontitis is more severe, our Dr. Katz normally requests panoramic X-rays to have a full image of the condition of all your teeth. X-rays are almost always necessary for a complete evaluation in order to complete a thorough diagnosis.
Also part of a thorough diagnosis with our Jericho gum disease dentist is the use of periodontal probing. Periodontal probing is the main tool used by dentists and periodontists for evaluating how serious your gum disease is. As the most important part of periodontal screening, periodontal probing measures the depth of the periodontal pockets around your teeth. The depth of these pockets is the main indicator for the progression of gum disease, and at what level your periodontal tissues have been damaged. D. Katz will gently insert the probe and measure the pocket depth in several points around each tooth. The measurements will be carefully recorded, so that we can compare your results after your gum disease treatment is complete.