Your First Visit

Caring for your gums

Your first visit is detailed examination and case discussion.

  • During your first visit, your teeth and gums are examined. The problem areas are investigated and discussed in relation to the rest of your mouth
  • A thorough review is conducted of your medical status including medications, as well as dental history
  • Some important medical conditions and associated medications and can affect the gum and bone tissues, such as osteoporosis and diabetes.
  • A complete gum examination involves measurements of inflammation by using a small measuring instrument called a probe. This is placed between the teeth and gums to determine the presence of spaces, known as periodontal pockets. The presence of a periodontal pocket is a key indicator of active periodontal disease.
  • Other areas of assessment include the extent of bone loss, and degree of teeth loosening.
  • The exam can be completed with minimal discomfort.
  • Once the examination is completed, a detailed consultation includes discussing with you why periodontitis is affecting your gums, how to stop the process, and the treatment options.
  • If you have missing teeth, or are about to lose teeth, then the replacement options will be discussed including implant options and alternatives.

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