Get Your Oral Health Evaluated
You may know it’s important to visit your dentist twice a year in order to keep your oral health at its best. However, these visits don’t check for periodontal disease or may miss that you’re suffering from the early stages of the condition. At Contemporary Dental Arts, we offer periodontal evaluations to check for any possible signs of periodontal disease.
Our periodontal evaluation helps us determine if you have or are at risk of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Learn more about their importance and the benefits of these evaluations with Dr. Pham.
What Is a Periodontal Evaluation?
A comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) consists of the identification, treatment, and prevention of gum disease. Research has shown the chances of getting gum disease are higher than expected. All patients should receive a CPE to get accurate information about their oral health.
By annually getting CPEs, Dr. Pham can see if your oral health has changed or if you need treatment to prevent the spread of gum disease. By delaying your CPE, you’re increasing the risk of gum disease becoming severe, leading to possible tooth loss and bone deterioration.
Periodontal Evaluation Process
When you visit our San Jose office for a CPE, Dr. Pham will evaluate your gum health by examining your:
- Teeth: We’ll evaluate your teeth and gums to make sure they’re healthy and check on restorations you may have. Dr. Cooper will also note the positions and how close your teeth are.
- Gums: Dr. Pham will use the dental probe technique to check if your teeth and gums are well-connected. Any bleeding and inflammation that happens during this evaluation will be recorded.
- Plaque: To record the amount and location of the plaque and/or tartar that’s found.
- Bite: This is to see how well your teeth fit together and will note any sign of tooth movement and loose teeth. It’s important to note these as they can be signs of gum disease.
- Bone structure: X-rays will be taken to see the quality of your bone structure and if bone loss has occurred due to gum disease.
- Risk factors: You’ll be asked to provide your age, health history, and your alcohol consumption and/or smoking usage. These are important as they can be linked to gum disease.
Any unusual signs will be recorded as they can be indicators of gum disease is developing. After the evaluation, Dr. Pham will talk to you about any findings and explain if further treatment will be needed. This is a good time to ask any questions and voice the concerns you may have about his evaluation findings or the recommended treatment plan.
Get Started On Your Evaluation Today!
A CPE can help identify and prevent gum disease from expanding and weakening your gums and teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham at our San Jose office, contact us at (408) 253-4150. You can also fill out our online contact form and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.