Why Perio Charting?

The best tool that the dentist has for evaluating the health of your gums is the periodontal probe.  This instrument has 1mm gradations on it which allow the dentist or hygenist to measure the height of the gum versus the height of the bone.  If there has been some bone loss this number will tend to run higher.  In general, 1-3mm pockets are normal, 4-5mm are borderline and 6mm and above need some form of periodontal treatment ranging from scaling and root planing to surgery .  When periodontal charting is done in our office six readings are taken on each tooth.  Taken in their entirety all these numbers give us a quantifiable way of looking at your periodontal health.  In addition, we add the larger numbers up to summarize the health of your mouth.

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