Gum Disease Symptoms & Diagnosis

Periodontal disease can easily go undetected and, often times, causes no discomfort. As a result, it may not be diagnosed until in an advanced stage. Late detection may result in tooth loss.

Warning signs and symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, bleeding, tender gums
  • Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Loose gums, receding gums, or gum tissue that appears to be separating from the tooth
  • Teeth feeling loose
  • Teeth having an elongated appearance
  • Pus or exudate from the gum tissue or between teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Poor fitting partial dentures

Professional Diagnosis

Periodontal (gum) disease is diagnosed by measuring pocket depths and evaluating dental radiographs (x-rays) for bone loss during a comprehensive evaluation.

  • An instrument called a probe is used to gently measure the depth around each tooth.
  • Deeper pockets determine the stage of periodontal (gum) disease and treatment options.
  • Dental radiographs (x-rays) are used to evaluate the bone supporting your teeth.
  • Poor levels of bone are a sign of damage caused by periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Bone is needed to keep teeth stable and supported.

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