pocket measuring probe

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An instrument used for determining the probing depth of a periodontal pocket. Its secondary function is to assess whether there is bleeding on probing used as a measure of inflammation. Probes in common use are the basic periodontal examination (BPE) probe, the Williams 10mm probe, and, for inaccessible areas on the lingual aspect of lower molars, the Williams 15mm probe. The probe is inserted into the pocket using a pressure of 10–20gm, aligned with the long axis of the tooth until the base of the pocket is detected, and the depth recorded, usually in millimetres.

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