What are the Gum Line Numbers at the Dentist?

What are the Gum Line Numbers at the Dentist?

If you’ve been to our office lately, you may have noticed a dentist poking your gums and saying numbers out loud. Unless you’re a dental professional, you are likely unsure of what these random numbers mean. Here’s the scoop on their purpose:

The numbers range from 1 to 7 and explain how deep your gum pockets are in millimeters. If you hear numbers between 1 and 3, your gums are likely in tip-top shape. However, if you experience bleeding or are in the early stages of gum disease, your measurements may be higher than 3.

Here’s a brief overview of what these measurements mean:

  • 0 to 3mm with no bleeding: Gum are in great condition
  • 1 to 3mm with bleeding: Gingivitis, which is the mildest form of gum disease may be present
  • 3 to 5mm with no bleeding: Gum disease may be beginning and require you to visit the dentist at 4 to 5 times a year to improve your gum
  • 3 to 5mm with bleeding: Moderate gum disease is likely beginning so improved oral care and more professional cleanings will be necessary
  • 7mm and up with bleeding: Advanced periodontal disease is present and surgery may be recommended to resolve it

A dentist uses a small metal probe to measure how far it goes into your gums in millimeters. Each tooth contains six areas that will need to be measured. The dentist will say the measurements out loud so that an assistant can add them to your chart.

Contact Wells Family Dental Group

For more information about gum line numbers and what they mean, call our Raleigh office today at 919-266-5332.

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