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How is chronic periodontitis diagnosed?

Diagnosis of chronic periodontitis is made through the evaluation of symptoms, review of medical history, physical exam, and x-rays. A dentist may discuss symptoms that indicate the existence of chronic periodontitis and consider any underlying conditions.

During a physical exam, a dentist may inspect your gums for redness, swelling, and bleeding, and probe for pockets between the gums and teeth. A dentist may also determine whether there is tooth mobility during a physical evaluation. X-rays of the mouth may be taken to determine whether there is bone loss.

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