Gum disease is a severe oral infection that could result in tooth loss. If left untreated, this condition can advance into periodontitis and cause devastating damage. Even though gum disease is harmful, it can be reversed if treated early. It is essential to know the different stages of gum disease and when they can be reversed.
This is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis only affects your gum’s soft tissues. During this stage, you might not experience any pain or related discomfort. As much as symptoms might be mild at this stage, we can still diagnose gum disease. Seeking treatment at this level will reverse the progression of gum disease, preventing periodontitis. Some of the symptoms associated with gingivitis include bad breath, bleeding gums, and a metallic taste in your mouth. In some cases, you might also experience receding gums.
This is the second stage of gum disease. As gum inflammation continues, your gums will start pulling away from your teeth. As a result, small spaces known as periodontal “pockets” will begin forming around the gums. The presence of these pockets will see bacteria, food particles, and plaque start accumulating. This will only worsen the infection. In addition, as the infection advances, the surrounding bone sustains damage caused by the bacterial toxins.
This is the third stage of gum disease. At this stage, symptoms become more severe as inflammation spreads rapidly. You will start feeling discomfort as your oral health caves in. With time, teeth loosen as more supporting tissue is lost. Gum will also recede at a fast rate.
This is the final stage of gum disease. At this point, the chances of tooth loss are very high. In addition, you will experience a painful abscess caused by the infection spreading under your gums. Unfortunately, at this point, little can be done to reverse the condition. Get in touch with us for more information on gum disease.