Perhaps you have noticed you have problems with your teeth and gums and are not sure what the issue is, but you know that you may need it treated. What you should do is visit a dentist. You need to be examined to determine what it could be. Gum disease needs to be treated in its early stages because once it gets to the advanced phases, it becomes difficult and costly to treat. You should see a periodontist when you have moderate or severe periodontal disease or if you want your dental implants checked for peri-implantitis. Periodontal disease comes in different types and understanding the symptoms can help you take actions in time to prevent it from further causing damage to your mouth.
Types Of Periodontal Disease And Their Symptoms
The mildest form is known as gingivitis and people with this gum disease often have red, swollen gums. The gums bleed easily when you brush and floss. Perhaps, this is one of the important signs that try to indicate gum disease in its early stages. Also, with gingivitis, there is little or no discomfort, which may be one of the reasons why people tend to underestimate the disease, allowing it to advance to a more severe form. One thing with gingivitis is that it can be reversed when you consult a periodontist to provide treatment.
Gingivitis may advance to aggressive periodontitis. People with aggressive periodontitis have symptoms such as rapid attachment loss, familial aggregation, and bone destruction. When the disease becomes chronic, a patient has inflamed supporting tissues of their teeth. The patient also has progressive attachment loss as well as bone loss. The gums have pockets forming and there is recession of the gingival tissue. Chronic periodontitis is difficult to treat and can occur at any age, however, it is more common in adults.
Sometimes, you may develop periodontitis if you have a systemic disease such as heart disease or diabetes. You may have necrotizing periodontal disease that presents with symptoms such as lesions arising from necrosis of gingival tissue, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament. If you have a systemic disease like HIV/AIDs, immunosuppression, and malnutrition, you are likely to experience necrotizing periodontal disease.
If you notice signs of periodontal disease, don’t wait any longer. Visit our periodontic team for an examination. You need to get treatment as early as possible. Set up an appointment.