STAGES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE
ARE YOU IGNORING THE SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease begins simply with red or swollen gums. The symptoms are so innocuous that you may be tempted to ignore them. However, when allowed to progress, periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth and bone. It’s important to learn the signs so that you can schedule treatment before your smile sustains permanent damage. Symptoms of gum disease include:
Red, irritated gum tissue
Loose or shifting teeth
Untreated Gum Disease Can Cause Tooth Loss
HOW ADVANCED IS YOUR GUM DISEASE?
There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Each stage is a progression of the next and each requires immediate treatment to prevent damage to your gum tissue, teeth, and bone.
The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, occurs when the bacteria in your mouth infect the gum tissue. Marked by irritated, bleeding gums, the damage to your periodontal tissue is easily reversed with treatment.
Periodontitis, the second stage of gum disease, damages the connective tissue that supports your teeth, widening your periodontal pockets. Gum recession is the most common complaint.
In the final stage of the infection, advanced periodontitis, damage to the gums and connective tissue worsen and the gum pockets widen until teeth begin to loosen from the sockets.
"I think that Dr. Prabakaran is an excellent periodontist in every respect. She has done extensive work, including bone grafts and eight implants; her work is first-rate, as is her post-surgical care." -Anonymous
HEALTHIER GUMS AT ANY AGE
PerioHealth has the treatment you need to restore your healthy gums and protect your teeth and bone. Early stage treatment may include antibiotics or scaling and root planing.
When gum disease has progressed and non-surgical treatments are ineffective, Dr. Prabakaran can treat your infection with laser gum therapy, which will remove bacteria and diseased tissue leaving your mouth healthier.
Schedule a consultation to assess your periodontal health and Dr. Prabakaran will help you decide which treatments are right for you.