Gum disease is a very common oral condition, especially for older adults. If you’ve noticed some changes in your gum tissue, here are some indications you have one of the three stages of periodontal disease and need gum disease treatment.
Stage 1: Gingivitis
The first stage of periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis. It’s characterized by plaque buildup at the gum line that leads to inflammation of the gum tissue. Regular brushing and flossing can usually remove the plaque and reverse symptoms. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that can be reversed with proper oral care. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Minor bleeding of the gums during flossing and brushing
- Minor swelling and discomfort in the gum tissue
If you are unable to remove the plaque causing your symptoms, it’s important to visit your periodontist. Dr. Leo Tokarczyk has specialized tools that allow him to remove plaque from the gum line quickly and effectively.
Stage 2: Periodontitis
Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease, and it’s not reversible. Gum disease treatment is essential during this stage of the disease. Although treatment can’t reverse symptoms, it can manage them and prevent them from progressing. Symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Puffy, swollen gums that bleed easily
- Receding gum tissue
- Pockets in the gums where the tissue pulls away from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- Loose teeth
Frequent checkups and cleanings can help you manage the symptoms of periodontitis and minimize your discomfort.
Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis
Advanced periodontitis shares many symptoms with the second stage of gum disease, but symptoms are more severe and pronounced. You may also experience tooth loss in advanced periodontitis. Professional scaling and root planing services are required to keep your symptoms at bay.
Dr. Tokarczyk in Springfield, MO offers a variety of treatments for gum health, including scaling and root planing, guided bone and tissue regeneration and gum grafting. To schedule your appointment with the skilled periodontist, call our advanced practice today.
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