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A 31-year-old member asked:

What does the dentist want when he sends you to the periodontist to evaluate the lingual?

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Dr. Joseph Ritz
Dentistry 47 years experience
Hmm...: Lingual is the latin for tongue. It usually is used to identify the surface of our teeth that face the tongue.
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Check the gums...: A periodontist is a gum specialists. As a dentist, one reason i would send a patient to see a periodontist is if there were gum (periodontal) disease issues that i felt we weren't able to adequately address in our office. It sounds like you may have some of these areas on the side of the tooth that faces the tongue (the lingual side). There are some other reasons, but this sounds most likely.
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Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry 23 years experience
Ah those linguals!!: Now you are learning to speak dental language! lingual is the tongue side of your tooth, facial is the cheek side of your tooth, since a tooth has 5 surfaces. The periodontist wants to see why you have a deep pocket formation on the tongue side of your tooth. Deep pockets ( greater than 5 mm) sign of gum disease and need treatment.
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Last updated Apr 16, 2016

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