Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. It literally translates to around (peri) and teeth (odontal). Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that can affect the gums, bone and supporting tissue of your teeth.
There are progressive stages of gum disease that vary by severity and treatment options. Dr. Koo recommends tackling gum disease at its earliest stages so your oral health is restored and teeth saved.
The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
At this earliest stage, your gums will be swollen and will bleed when you brush your teeth. You’ll also experience gum tenderness. The good news is, at this stage all symptoms are reversible with proper treatment.
If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis, wherein pockets form between your teeth and gums. As the infection spreads, pain will intensify, your gums will become puffy and bleed more readily, and your teeth will loosen. Intervention is key during this stage as some damage may be irreversible.
At this most progressive stage, damage may be irreversible. The connective tissue and bone securing your teeth may have broken down altogether. It’s common for teeth to have shifted or become loosened to the point that Dr. Koo needs to extract them.
Dr. Koo recommends early intervention in the treatment of periodontal disease. It’s a progressive condition that is highly treatable in its earliest stages. A variety of nonsurgical and surgical procedures are used to treat or minimize the damage created by gum disease, depending on its severity.
Treatment options include:
and the pocket area between the teeth and gums
If your teeth bleed when you brush, make an appointment with Dr. Koo at Dentistry In Frisco. She has a long-standing commitment to providing top-notch dental care to patients in Frisco, Texas, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Book your appointment online or call today.
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