Early Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the gums that causes inflammation and can lead to the loss of bone and teeth overtime. Thankfully, when caught in the early stages, you can stop the progression of the infection with the help of White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Unfortunately, too many cases of periodontal disease go untreated until complications develop. With nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 suffering from periodontal disease, we’re here to help you catch the symptoms of the early stages of gum disease. Then, we’ll create an individualized treatment plan to take control of your oral health.
The first stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, which develops when plaque and bacteria begin to build along the gum line. When the plaque and bacteria aren’t removed, it causes the gums to become inflamed, red, painful, and may cause bleeding of the gums. At this stage, gingivitis is completely treatable and the damage of the infection can be easily reversed.
To treat gingivitis, you will need to practice proper oral hygiene at home. You'll also need to come in for a visit so we can clean your teeth and remove the buildup of plaque. In some cases, you may need an in-depth cleaning. We may need to use Laser Periodontal Therapy to destroy infected tissue, which won’t cause any additional damage to the healthy tissue.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it will progress to periodontitis, which causes the bones and fibers supporting the teeth to become severely damaged due to pockets that form in the gum line. These pockets trap bacteria and plaque, causing the infection to progress. Once periodontitis occurs, you need to take immediate action to have the pockets cleaned. You will need deep scaling and root planning to remove the accumulation while smoothing rough spots on the surface of the roots. In some cases, laser periodontal therapy may also be needed.
The final stage of periodontal disease is advanced periodontitis. Once the fibers and bone supporting the teeth have become destroyed, your teeth will begin to change. For some, the teeth may become loose or shift while others may begin to lose their teeth. At this stage, you will require aggressive treatment. In addition to deep scaling, root planning, deep cleaning, and laser treatment, you may need extractions of the teeth that are too badly damaged. In addition to periodontal therapy, you may need restorative or cosmetic dentistry to repair the damage caused by the infection.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Amaro
Learning the signs and stages of gum disease is essential to treating the condition early. If you suspect you may have gum disease in any stage, call us today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to address the issues harming the health of your gums. With a tailored treatment plan, we’ll help get a handle on the infection to reduce the long-term implications. We’re here to help you with compassion and quality care. Call us today to schedule an appointment.