Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, has a very strong dental hygiene and periodontal department at his office. Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists do a periodontal exam at every new patient exam and annually thereafter. You may be aware of this exam as being the numbers that are called off by the dental hygienist, ie: 2 2 3, 3 2 3 etc. However, there are times when these numbers reach higher levels above 3, such as 6 7 8, and even up to 12. What these numbers signify is the depth of space between the gumline and where the gums attach to the tooth. The numbers are measured in millimeters. Healthy numbers are 2 and 3 millimeters. This is a normal and healthy way that gums should attach to the teeth. When the pockets are deeper than 3 millimeters this signifies a problem.
What Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists want their patients to understand is why this is happening. With a thorough examination, Dr. Kerbs assesses the plaque, tarter and bleeding levels in the mouth. This tells us if the problem is related to bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth. Dr. Kerbs then assesses the recession, mobility, crowding, bite and existing restorations (crowns, fillings, etc). This tells us if the problem is related to bite trauma and/or poor restorations. There are times when periodontal disease is linked to all of these issues, but often times one of these issues is more prominent. It is important to know the cause of the problem in order to have the solution for optimal healing of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.
Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists use a combination of Ultrasonics with Ozonated water, Hand Instrumentation, Laser treatment and Ozone Insuflation Gas Treatments to clean the teeth and gums. The combination of all of these treatments removes tarter, plaque, diseased tissue, sterilizes the area, and neutralizes the pH. When the teeth, gums and bone are being traumatized and cause the pockets to develop, Dr. Kerbs develops a plan to remove the trauma and allow the mouth to start to heal.
Periodontal disease is a silent disease that most patients are unaware of until a periodontal exam is done. Most patients report that they have not had any pain to alert them of an infection. It is very important to catch this infection at early stages for optimal healing to occur. Bleeding gums when brushing and/or flossing is not normal and is a sign that an infection is occurring.
Do your gums bleed? Are you concerned that you may have deeper pockets than 2 and 3 millimeters? If so, please contact our office and speak with one of our team members. We are here to help answer all of your questions and help you move toward health. Call our Escondido dental office today 760-746-3663, located in North County San Diego.