Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is, unfortunately, more common than most would expect. Over 75% of all Americans are afflicted with periodontal disease, and many are completely unaware.
Periodontal treatments are dependent on the type and severity of the gum disease. If diagnosed and treated early enough, simple periodontal therapy may be enough, but if periodontitis has advanced to the stages where the structure supporting the teeth has been affected, periodontal surgery may be necessary.
A proper oral hygiene plan at home is vital to preventing periodontal disease from becoming a serious recurring issue. Home care alone, however, is not usually enough to control bacterial infections that occur below the gum line where a toothbrush, floss, or other oral hygienic care products are unable to reach. Once bacteria has propagated beneath the gum line, specialized instruments used in periodontal cleaning are needed for their removal.
The Stages of Teeth Infections
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. During a routine cleaning, Dr. de Cardenas examines his patients’ gums, feeling the depth of the tissue at the edge of the gum line. Healthy gums hug the teeth tightly, have a healthy pink color, and do not bleed when you brush your teeth. There are 4 stages of gum disease:
Gums are inflamed and sensitive to the touch
Gums appear bluish-red in color
Possible bad breath or bad taste
Gums bleed easily when you brush or when probed gently during examination
2) Early Periodontitis
Gums are inflamed and bone loss begins
Bleeding, puffiness and inflammation are more pronounced
Bad breath and bad taste
3) Moderate Periodontitis
Gum boils or abscesses may develop
Teeth look longer as gums begin to recede
Front teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces.
Bad breath and bad taste
4) Advanced Periodontitis
Teeth may become mobile or loose
Bad breath and bad taste are constant
Roots may be exposed and are sensitive to hot and hold
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Is Periodontal Disease Treatment Right For You?
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