Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Dr. Pop offers a full range of periodontal therapy services to address various stages of gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. When left untreated, gum disease can increase your risk of developing serious oral health concerns that may affect the function, appearance, and health of your smile. Maintaining healthy gums can encourage an overall healthy smile.
During your preventive care exam, Dr. Pop will examine the teeth, mouth, and gums for any signs of gum disease. Catching periodontal disease early can minimize your chance of experiencing extensive damage to the teeth and gums. Dr. Pop can make recommendations to improve the health of your smile.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding Gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Stages of Periodontal Disease
During the early stage of gum disease, most patients don’t exhibit any symptoms. It is important to visit an experienced dentist for a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease is a progressive infection of the gums that gets worse if left untreated.
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. During gingivitis, patients may notice symptoms like bleeding gums, swollen gums, and bad breath. Treating gum disease in the earliest stage may reduce damage to the gums and teeth.
Periodontitis: Periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease. During periodontitis, patients may experience symptoms like receding gums, halitosis, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss.