There are several kinds of periodontal disease. Often painless, they may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly, and they can occur at any age. Unless you have regular dental check-ups, including a periodontal exam, you may not be aware you have a problem until your gums and bone have been seriously compromised.
the warning signs
If you notice any of the following signs, see your dentist:
Gums that bleed easily.
Red, swollen, or tender gums.
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
Pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
It's possible to have periodontal disease and not have warning signs. That's why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important.
the progress of periodontal disease
Healthy gingiva (gum tissue) and bone anchor teeth firmly in place.
Gingivitis develops as toxins in plaque irritate the gums, making them red, tender, swollen, and likely to bleed easily.
Periodontitis occurs when toxins destroy the tissues that anchor teeth in the bone. As gums detach from teeth, pockets form and fill with plaque. Tooth roots are exposed and become susceptible to decay and sensitivity to cold.
Advanced periodontitis is present when the teeth continue to lose their attachment and the supporting bone is destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth frequently become loose and may fall out or require removal by a dentist.
The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, remove "pockets" in the gums, and treat any underlying causes of gum disease.
It is important to have the teeth cleaned thoroughly. This may involve using various tools to loosen and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Proper flossing and brushing are always needed, even after professional cleaning, to reduce your risk of gum disease. Dr. Grant or his hygienist will show you how to brush and floss properly. Patients with periodontitis should have professional teeth cleaning more than twice a year.
Surgery may be necessary in extreme cases. Deep pockets in the gums may need to be opened and cleaned, and loose teeth may need to be supported. Dr. Grant will evaluate your periodontal health and make recommendations for achieving a healthy smile.
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If you’re noticing any of the warning signs of periodontal disease, please give our team a call today to schedule an appointment.