When you visit Willow Bend Dental Care for a gum disease treatment, one of the first things our dentist will do is perform a periodontal probing. This quick procedure allows us to check the depth of the periodontal pockets around your teeth to determine the health of your gums, the damage your gum disease has caused, and how severe your periodontal disease is. We invite you to call us at 847-870-0888 to learn more about periodontal probing in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rupal Patel.
Periodontal probes are special dental instruments. They are usually long, thin, and blunted at the end, and they have marking inscribed to determine accuracy and readability. Our dentist places the tip of the periodontal probe into the area between the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to measure the depth of the gums. Deeper pockets are a sign that your gum tissue has begun to deteriorate and recede.
Occasionally, a periodontal probe will also be used for other purposes, such as:
- To measure other dental instruments
- In tooth preparations during restorative procedures
- Measuring gum recession
- Measuring attached gum tissue
- Measuring oral legions or pathologies
For more information about how periodontal probing is used in treating gum disease, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, please contact our office today.