What is a periodontal exam?
A Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation, or CPE, is a way to assess your periodontal/gum health by examining:
When your dental professional, such as a periodontist, general dentist, or dental hygienist, performs this evaluation, they will look at these six areas to determine the state of your periodontal health.
WHY DO I NEED A COMPREHENSIVE PERIODONTAL EVALUATION?
Recent research has indicated that the prevalence of periodontal disease in the U.S. may be significantly higher than originally estimated. This means that all adults should thoroughly assess the state of their periodontal health to receive accurate information about the health of their mouths.
By assessing your oral health on an annual basis, you and your dental professional will know how healthy your mouth is, and will be better able to notice any conditions, such as periodontal disease, that may need additional treatment.
Research has also shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory diseases. Therefore, it is very important to treat the inflammation that causes periodontal disease as soon as possible to ensure that your entire body stays healthy.
How is the exam performed?
The exam consists of many factors, as listed above. One key component is what the dentist and hygienist will call your “pocket depths.” Your hygienist will explain this in more detail prior to the exam, but these numbers allow us to diagnose if there is any infection or tissue loss around your tooth. These numbers help us in deciding what treatment plan is best suited for your individual needs.
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