X-ray images are often required to evaluate bone loss as shown below. The red arrows show where the bone has been destroyed by the gum disease.
This is an example of the report from the lab along with recommendations for treatment. The report from Micro-ID is ready in two to three weeks.
Mapping of the pockets is called periodontal charting. This shows us where gum disease is located in the mouth. Pockets measuring deeper than 3 mm. are a problem.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by harmful bacteria that live and multiply below the gums. These harmful bacteria may be passed from parents to children and between couples.
The video below demonstrates the collection of a plaque sample to determine which bacteria are causing the gum disease. It shows what types of bacteria are causing the gum disease and how best to control the problem bacteria.
This video is an actual example of the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Bacteria cause the gums to become red and inflamed leading to pocketing and recession.
Richard A. Miller DDS, FAGD