Periodontal disease has two basic stages, with certain variations that can lead to more severe consequences. Here at the practice of Caryn Miller DMD, LLC, we want you to be on the lookout for the signs of gum disease in Summit, so that you can either avoid it entirely or at the very least have it addressed before you suffer the most alarming effects of it.
The first stage is called gingivitis. At this point, you may not even notice that there’s anything wrong. Redness and irritation are common. It is frequent that gingivitis is diagnosed as part of a routine six month examination. And the treatment for it is the teeth cleaning you get as a matter of course when you come in for your examination. That’s good news. Your gums return to their normal pink color and the irritation subsides. The later stage is known as periodontitis. The initial signs that you are likely to experience are that your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth. Consistently bad breath may follow. And your gums can also recede. With chronic periodontitis, your gum disease in Summit progresses steadily but slowly enough that if you get a checkup every six months, it is unlikely that you will reach that later stage. However, aggressive periodontitis, often fueled by smoking, diabetes, heart disease, heredity, or other underlying conditions, can progress more rapidly, and take you by surprise. The standard treatment for your advanced gum disease in Summit is scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning that goes down to the roots to dig out the offending bacteria. Necrotizing periodontal disease is associated with dead gum tissue. In worst case situations, gum surgery may be required to address the impact of periodontal disease, which can ultimately be loss of gum and bone tissue and loose teeth.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We are committed to keeping your gums strong and healthy.