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.