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Use of Probe to Measure Periodontal Pocket Depth

Use of Probe to Measure Periodontal Pocket Depth

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Use of Probe to Measure Periodontal Pocket Depth

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Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. A ‘probe’ is used to check for and measure any pockets. In a healthy mouth, the depth of these pockets is usually between 1 and 3 millimeters. This test for pocket depth is usually painless.

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NIDCR publication:
Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

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This page last updated: April 07, 2014