Periodontal disease is often progressive. If not treated the condition will get worse and surgery may be needed to save affected teeth. However, if you schedule regular professional cleanings and exams, Dr. Lewis can detect developing periodontal problems before the gums and the bone supporting your teeth are irreversibly damaged. During a professional exam, Dr. Lewis will examine your gums for periodontal problems. During this exam, an instrument called a periodontal probe is used to gently measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. Digital dental x-rays may also be taken to evaluate the condition of bone supporting the teeth and to detect other problems not visible during the clincial examination. Preventing and treating the disease in the early stages are the best ways to keep your smile healthy!