The Stages of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease evolves in three stages, the first of which is completely reversible. When allowed to progress, the damage to your teeth, gums and bone can be devastating to your smile. Dr. Christopher Long is an expert in periodontal disease and can quickly assess and diagnosis the state of your infection:
- Advanced Periodontitis
Gum disease symptoms appear gradually, beginning first with gum inflammation and sensitivity. This is a response to the bacteria that infect the gum tissue. Soon your gums will begin bleeding.
If left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. The bacteria that infected your gum tissue attack the connective fibers and bone that support your teeth. Deep pockets form around your teeth, providing greater access for plaque and bacteria. Gum disease symptoms at this stage may include bad breath, receding gums and tooth sensitivity.
The connective tissue and bone have been damaged to the point that your teeth will loosen and shift. Immediate treatment is necessary to save your teeth in this final stage of gum disease which will continue causing damage without intervention.
Effective Gum Disease Treatments
Hollyburn Centre Periodontics & Implants in West Vancouver, BC offers comprehensive gum disease treatments to improve the health of your gums. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Long to learn which of the following gum disease treatments is right for you:
- Scaling and root planing is a gum disease treatment, much like a deep cleaning, that is utilized in early stages
- Laser gum surgery removes bacteria and infected tissue without scalpels or sutures
- Periodontal maintenance is a deep cleaning performed at scheduled intervals to prevent reoccurrence of infection