In a regular scheduled appointment, our dentist and hygienist will determine if periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is present. The procedure through which periodontal disease is diagnosed is called a periodontal examination. During the examination, the space between your teeth and gums, called the sulcus, will be measured. By measuring the sulcus, Dr. Lupy D. Gonzalez can not only determine whether periodontal disease is present, but she can also determine how advanced it may be. It is important that you receive dental care regularly so signs of periodontal disease can be identified and treated early. If left untreated, this condition can eventually lead to tooth loss.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that destroys the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth. It is caused by a build-up of bacteria called plaque. Without proper care, the disease progresses and the tissue that surrounds your gums will pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. The pockets deepen, the infection spreads, and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. When this happens, the teeth are no longer firmly held in place, allowing them to loosen and eventually fall out. Early diagnosis is critical and it affects the overall health of your body. We welcome you to contact Clearpoint Dentistry today to learn more about how we can treat gum disease in Houston, Texas, and to make your appointment for an examination today!