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What are the tests for periodontitis?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree
In brief: Thorough exam
You will need to have a thorough clinical examination with the appropriate x-rays.
The clinical exam will likely include probing along each side your teeth to help determine if there is a periodontal problem. The x-rays are an adjunct to help determine the presence of bone loss. Some offices may have you submit saliva for analysis as well as maintain a food intake diary as part of your data.

In brief: Thorough exam
You will need to have a thorough clinical examination with the appropriate x-rays.
The clinical exam will likely include probing along each side your teeth to help determine if there is a periodontal problem. The x-rays are an adjunct to help determine the presence of bone loss. Some offices may have you submit saliva for analysis as well as maintain a food intake diary as part of your data.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. H E Henry
The salivary analysis is especially important since it can determine throught DNA analysis whether you may have a specific genotype that makes you more susceptible to periodontal disease. It can also distinguish whether you may have specific pathogenic, aggresive bacteria that may cause more severe damage or advanced disease.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: Examination/Films
A periodontist can examine you clinically and radiographically in order to determine if you have a diagnosis of periodontitis.

In brief: Examination/Films
A periodontist can examine you clinically and radiographically in order to determine if you have a diagnosis of periodontitis.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dr. Jason Cataldo
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: See your dentist.
If you think you might have periodontitis, set up a dental appointment right away.
This condition affects people who are not "regular" dental patients most severely and is linked with multiple serious medical conditions.

In brief: See your dentist.
If you think you might have periodontitis, set up a dental appointment right away.
This condition affects people who are not "regular" dental patients most severely and is linked with multiple serious medical conditions.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Great answer. Totally agree.
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