Stages of Periodontal Disease
Your gums and periodontal tissues provide a supportive foundation for your teeth. When bacteria invade your gum tissues, it triggers an inflammatory response that yields the initial symptoms of periodontal disease. The progressive stages of this disease are discussed below:
Gingivitis refers to the inflammation of gum tissues. Plaque or tartar buildup can provide a gateway for bacteria to enter the gingival tissues. It causes early symptoms such as swollen or inflamed gums, tenderness, and bleeding on brushing. If you visit our practice at this stage, we can halt the progression of periodontal disease in Lake Elsinore, CA, by using non-invasive techniques.
- Early Periodontitis
As the inflammation progresses, your gums begin to detach from your teeth, causing the formation of ‘pockets.’ Food debris and bacteria can accumulate in these pockets, leading to early-stage periodontitis (inflammation of periodontal tissues).
- Moderate Periodontitis
If the bacteria travel down the gingival pockets and reach the bone, they can cause bone loss. During moderate periodontitis, bone loss may be minimal, but lack of treatment can lead to the advanced stage of periodontal disease.
- Advanced Periodontitis
This stage presents with severe painful symptoms, including gum recession, increased sensitivity, multiple abscesses, and tooth loss. Although it cannot be reverted at this stage, we can limit the progression of periodontal disease in Lake Elsinore, CA, with proper treatment.
Learn How to Prevent Periodontal Disease in Lake Elsinore, CA
During routine dental checkups, our dentists will assess your gums to look for early signs of infection. If you exhibit initial-stage symptoms like inflammation, bleeding, or tenderness, we will offer initial preventive care. It may include dental cleaning, scaling and root planing, or other non-invasive measures to restore the ideal health of your periodontal tissues. Along with these procedures, our team will also guide you about proper brushing and flossing techniques to avoid the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis.
If you present with moderate or advanced stage of periodontal disease, we may involve surgical measures to halt its progression. In any case, our dentists will design the best treatment plan that addresses all your oral issues.