The Stages of Gum Diseases
This is the first stage of gum disease that is reversible. During this stage, plaque builds up around the edges of your gums and causes irritation and inflammation. The majority of adults in America suffer from gum disease. Unfortunately, patients may not notice gingivitis symptoms because they are painless. The most prominent symptom is bleeding gums. Schedule an appointment immediately if you see your gums frequently bleeding when brushing or flossing.
Slight Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is manageable at this stage. However, the infection begins to destroy bone tissue, and leads to bone structure loss. We manage this stage with scaling and root planing treatment. Scaling cleans deep gum pockets full of bacteria and debris. We clean out these gum pockets and sterilize them. Then, we smooth down the tooth roots so that the gum tissue can reattach to the bone.
Moderate Periodontal Disease
Infection deepens in this stage. Not only are the bacteria attacking your bone structure, but they’ve also gotten into the bloodstream. As a result, the inflammation and infection are spread throughout your body in your bloodstream. This can lead to problems in other parts of your body aside from your mouth. Scaling and root planing manage the disease at this stage.
Severe Periodontal Disease
The infection has fully evolved at this stage into disease-causing bacteria. Your gums are swollen and oozing pus, your breath is severely bad, and it’s painful for you to chew and bite. If nothing is done to manage the disease, your teeth become loose and can fall out. Only periodontal surgery or laser gum treatment can manage the condition at this stage. If you let it go, it’ll lead to losing your teeth and bones.