Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

October 4, 2023by admin0

What are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or gum disease, is a progressive condition that is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults in developed countries. It occurs when plaque toxins irritate or inflame the gum tissue, leading to a bacterial infection known as gingivitis, which can result in the destruction of gum tissue and underlying bone if left untreated. This can ultimately cause loose teeth or tooth loss.

There are various types of periodontal disease, including aggressive, chronic, necrotizing periodontitis, and periodontitis associated with systemic diseases, each with its own distinct characteristics and symptoms. All require prompt treatment by a dentist to prevent further bone and tissue loss.

Common signs and symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Unexplained bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Pain, redness, or swelling of the gums
  • Longer-looking teeth due to gum recession
  • Bad breath or halitosis
  • Loose teeth or changes in bite pattern
  • Pus oozing from between the teeth

It’s important to seek the advice of a general dentist or periodontist if you experience any of these symptoms, as periodontal disease can progress without causing pain.

Treatment of periodontal disease aims to halt its progression and prevent further damage to gum tissue and the jawbone. This may involve antibiotics, nonsurgical procedures like scaling and root planing to remove debris from gum pockets, or surgical treatments such as laser treatment, tissue and bone grafting, or pocket elimination surgery for severe cases.

If you have any questions or concerns about the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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