During your checkup, we examine your gums for periodontal problems. A probe is used to detect ‘pockets’ between the gums and the teeth. The normal space or depth between teeth and gums should not exceed 3 millimeters. If gum disease is diagnosed, we offer in-house treatment or referral to a periodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.
Your treatment depends on how far the condition has progressed. The earliest stage of the disease is gingivitis, which is reversible if treated. The more advanced stage is periodontitis, which may require more aggressive treatment to prevent tooth loss. If left untreated, the affected teeth frequently become loose and may fall out or require removal.
When periodontal disease is first diagnosed, one of our recommended treatments is scaling and root planing. Depending on the extent of the disease, treatment may require one or more visits. Periodontal disease will not go away by itself. Preventing and treating the disease through good oral healthcare in the early stages are the best way to keep your smile healthy.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta, GA 30328