What instrument is used for periodontal pockets?

Your dentist uses a thin metal instrument, called a periodontal probe, to measure each periodontal pocket. You may hear your dentist calling out numbers to the dental hygienist. Each number refers to the depth of the pocket in millimeters. A healthy pocket is usually 1–3 mm.

What does perio probing measure?

Pocket measurements are recorded routinely at your preventive hygiene visits to monitor changes in the gum health. The instrument used to measure the pockets is called a periodontal probe. It’s either plastic or metal with a blunt end and marks every few millimeters like a tiny ruler for your mouth.

How do you calculate Cal?

  1. When recession of the gingival margin is present, the CAL is calculated by adding the probing depth to the gingival margin level.
  2. When the gingival margin is coronal to the CEJ, the CAL is calculated by subtracting the gingival margin level from the probing depth.

What are the different types of periodontal probe?

Types of Periodontal Probes used in Periodontics:

  • Marquis color coded probe: Periodontal probe with markings or Calibrations given in 3mm sections.
  • University of Michigan ‘o’ probe: Periodontal instrument with markings – 1,2,3,5,7,8,9,10 mm.
  • Michigan ‘o’ probe: Markings are seen at 3,6,8 mm.

How many types of periodontal probes are there?

There are many different types of periodontal probes, and each has its own manner of indicating measurements on the tip of the instrument. For example, the Michigan O probe has markings at 3 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm and the Williams probe has circumferential lines at 1 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm, 5 mm, 7 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, and 10 mm.

How long is periodontal probing?

We get 40 minutes for the average prophy patient and one hour for periodontal patients. I know periodontal probing is important, but it is very difficult to work periodontal probing into a 40-minute appointment.

What is pocket probing?

To measure the depth of your tooth’s pocket, your dentist gently places the probe into this pocket and makes note of the depth. From time to time, you may hear your dentist say a number or write down a number. Those numbers you hear are the millimeter depths of your pocket.

Why do we perio probe?

Periodontal probing lets us know how to best treat your gums and teeth. If you’ve reached 4mm pockets, we know we need to act fast to prevent the condition from progressing and the infection from spreading.

What is UNC 15 probe?

University of North Carolina-15 (UNC-15) probes are color-coded at every millimeter demarcation. They are the preferred probe in clinical research if conventional probes are required. The Naber’s probe is used to detect and measure the involvement of furcal areas by the periodontal disease process in multirooted teeth.

What is Cal in perio?

Clinical attachment loss which is also known as CAL, is the presence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a set of inflammatory conditions which affect the tissues that surround the teeth. In the early stage, the condition is called gingivitis.

What is the Williams probe used for?

1. a long, slender instrument for exploring wounds, body cavities, passages, or periodontal pockets. Dental probes are marked in millimeters to measure the depth of periodontal pockets.

What is a Perio probe used for?

Periodontal probe The Perio-Probe™ is a colour-coded plastic periodontal probe, available in scale 3/5/7/10. This colour-code permits fast and qualitative evaluation of the presence and depth of periodontal as well as perio-implant pockets. Autoclavable at 134 °C, at least 3 min.

Which probe is used to assess probing depth of a pocket?

Williams Probe: It is also called the periodontal probe it is the first probe to be used to assess probing depth of a pocket, it has the following markings – 1,2,3,5,7,8,9,10 mm. UNC-15 Probe: It is a 15 mm long periodontal probe with millimeter markings at each millimeter and color coding at 5 mm, 10 mm and 15 mm.

What is the difference between Williams probe and Goldman probe?

Goldman Probe same as Williams Probe’s calibration but it is flattened not round and it has markings (mm1-2-3-5-7-8-9-10) for accuracy and readability to measure pocket depths around a tooth in order to establish the state of health of the periodontium with its long and blunted tip.

What are the uses of Fox probe and Goldman probe?

Goldman fox Probe on one side and William Probe on other side used to measure pocket depths around a tooth in order to establish the state of health of the periodontium with their long, thin, and blunted tips.