Gum Disease Diagnosis in Fort Collins

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination at the Fort Collins office of Spring Creek Dental. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.

A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper. Your dentist or hygienist at Spring Creek Dental will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into a category below:


Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.


Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.

Advanced Periodontitis

The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.

Spring Creek Dental Office Location – Find a Dentist in Fort Collins, CO

The Fort Collins dentist office of Spring Creek Dental is located in the Rolland Moore Park Metro neighborhood (near Colorado State University) – 2001 South Shields St, Building C1, between Prospect and Drake — and convenient to all of Fort Collins, CO and surrounding areas. A map and driving directions to our Fort Collins dentist office location can be found by clicking here.

Ask your Fort Collins dentist if you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, periodontal treatment, or dental implants. Schedule an appointment today with one of our Fort Collins dentists or dental hygienists by calling (970) 482-8883.

Spring Creek Dental

2001 S Shields St Bldg C1
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Phone: (970) 482-8883