Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

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Have you recently been experiencing bleeding when you brush or floss? Can’t seem to kick your bad breath? Notice your gums appear to be receding? Are pockets forming around your teeth? You may be suffering from a very common condition known as periodontal “gum” disease. In fact, over 64 million Americans are suffering from the condition right now. While many people have heard of gum disease, they do little to prevent it from occurring. When it comes to periodontal disease, it can be completely avoided with proper at-home and professional dental care. If you are worried that you or a loved one may be suffering from periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact the Burlington Center Dental Associates, we would be happy to provide a periodontal examination in Chelmsford or Burlington, MA.

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How to Diagnose Periodontal Disease ?

During your periodontal examination, a periodontal probe will be used to gently measure the space between the teeth and gums. Healthy pockets around the teeth are measured at three millimeters or less and do not bleed. By using a periodontal probe, we can determine if the pockets around your teeth are deeper than three millimeters.

Types of Periodontal Disease?


Gingivitis is the first and only curable stage of periodontal disease. During the gingivitis stage, tender, inflamed and bleeding gums are quite common. However, other signs typically are not present, making it difficult for patients to diagnose on their own.


As the condition advances into periodontitis, the gums become even more irritated, inflamed and infected. Patients will typically start to notice the gums appear to be receding and pockets are forming around the teeth. At this point, teeth may appear to be loose or even shifting.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

Advanced periodontal disease is characterized by irreversible damage to the gums, bone and other supporting structures in the mouth. Teeth will begin to become loose and start to shift in the mouth, making dental care even more difficult. Eventually, advanced periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and bone demineralization.

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