6 Point Pocket Chart

All patients have a Basic Periodontal Examination when they visit the dentist or Hygienist/Therapist.

The probe is “walked around” measuring the depth of the gingival crevices/periodontal pockets (the gap between the tooth and the gums, “below the gumline”)

We record this in numbers ranging from 0 to 4.

For patients with codes 0, 1 or 2, the BPE should be recorded at every routine examination

For patients with BPE codes of 3 or 4, more detailed periodontal charting is required.

We call this a 6PPC (6-point pocket chart)

The probe is again “walked around” each tooth. We then measure and record 6 points around each tooth, this gives us a much clearer picture of the pockets (the gap between the tooth and the gums, “below the gumline”) that are deeper and may need further treatment to stabilise this condition.

A 6PPC is carried out yearly so we can compare areas within the mouth that are improving or may need further attention.


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