Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Gum disease is progressive in nature, beginning with minor changes and symptoms that often go unnoticed without regular dental care. Left untreated, gum disease can advance and compromise the health of the gums and the tooth structure. Dr. Moore screens for the early signs of developing gum disease during your routine visits and offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for your needs to restore oral health.
Periodontal disease has two distinct stages, each with characteristic symptoms. Prompt treatment for early-stage gum disease can help you avoid complex problems and even permanent damage to the teeth and gums.
- Gingivitis: the first signs of gingivitis can include red or swollen gums, gums that bleed when brushing or increased sensitivity of the gums. These symptoms indicate a developing infection in the gums that when treated early is typically resolved.
- Periodontitis: left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. This is a deeper infection of the gums that has created pockets around the teeth and begun to compromise both gums health and the integrity of the teeth. Symptoms can include changes in the fit of the bite, loose teeth or noticeable changes in the appearance of the gums.
Why is gum health important?
The health and stability of your gums play a key role in your dental health and overall wellness. Healthy gums support stable, healthy teeth and the function of your bite. The gums also serve as a barrier between harmful bacteria often found in the mouth and your bloodstream. A breakdown of this function with advanced gum disease can increase your risk for a range of health problems including cardiovascular and systemic disease.