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Seven Early Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. This is usually caused by poor oral hygiene that allows plaque to build up and harden on the teeth. When left untreated and left to advance to more serious stages of gum disease, it can lead to severe damage to the jawbone. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss for patients in Fort Lauderdale, FL. At Kodish-Perez Dental Group, we offer different nonsurgical and surgical gum disease treatment options.

Periodontal disease symptoms

Gum disease can be silent, meaning there are no symptoms at all, and it becomes hard to know you have it. This makes regular exams and routine dental cleanings important ways to diagnose it before it advances. Some early warning signs of periodontal disease are:

  1. Bleeding while brushing or flossing

  2. Painful swollen gums

  3. Jaw pain

  4. Loose or separating teeth

  5. Receding gums

  6. Bad breath

  7. Bite changes

If you suspect you have gum disease in Fort Lauderdale, FL, our dentists can help you treat it before it advances to more serious stages.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease has four distinct stages:

  1. Gingivitis: This is the only stage that is reversible because it hasn’t attacked the bones yet. This occurs as a result of plaque buildup. Bleeding gums is one of the first symptoms patients experience. Good oral hygiene, and regular dental exams and dental cleanings help treat and reverse gingivitis.

  2. Slight Periodontal Disease: Slight periodontal disease isn’t reversible, but it can be managed at Kodish-Perez Dental Group. Once you reach stage two, the infection has spread to the bone and begun deteriorating it. Bone loss occurs when bacteria become more aggressive. Scaling and root planing is used to deep clean the gums, and to remove bacteria deposits deep inside the gums.

  3. Moderate Periodontal Disease: This third stage has more probing depths, which allow more aggressive bacteria to attack the bones and get into a patient’s bloodstream. We can thoroughly clean the area with different treatment options.

  4. Advanced Periodontal Disease: The final stage of periodontal disease requires laser therapy or periodontal surgery to cleanse deep pockets of aggressive bacteria in the gums. When left untreated, gaps in the teeth, gum recession, and other serious health problems can occur.

Ultimately, treating periodontal disease quickly is most important. At Kodish-Perez Dental Group, our dentists teach their patients good oral hygiene habits that help them stall the progression of gum disease.

Gum disease treatments

The treatment we choose to treat your periodontal disease is determined by its severity. Treating gum disease as early as possible helps minimize damage and decreases the need for future surgery. The goal of any periodontal treatment is to restore gum health.

Some common periodontal treatments used at our Fort Lauderdale, FL, office include:

  1. Scaling and root planing: This treatment removes plaque and tartar near the gum line and creates a smooth root space. Smoothing rough spots allows our team to remove bacteria and create a clean surface for gums to reattach successfully.

  2. Gum lift surgery: This treatment option is used for more advanced stages of periodontal disease. The gums are lifted back, and tartar is removed. The gums are then placed, so they fit snug around each tooth. This helps reduce the space between the gum and the tooth, which keeps bacteria from growing there again.

  3. Soft tissue grafts/Bone grafting: This treatment uses fragments of the patient’s bone or donated bone to replace any that has been destroyed by the progression of gum disease. This makes your teeth more stable. Soft tissue grafts can also be used to reinforce thin gums and fill in places where gum recession has occurred.

  4. Tooth restoration: When tooth loss occurs, we can use dental crowns and dental implants to restore your smile.

Learn more about treating periodontal disease early in Fort Lauderdale, FL

When it’s left untreated, periodontal disease continues to worsen to more advanced stages that can lead to receding gums or tooth loss. At Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we help our patients improve their gum health. For more information on gum disease treatment and to schedule an appointment at our dental office, give us a call today.

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