Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that can result in damaged gums and ultimately, loss of teeth. Symptoms include bleeding during brushing, chronic bad breath, red and swollen gums, receding gum line, and loose or shifting teeth. When plaque builds up along the gum line, gums become inflamed and begin to pull away from the teeth. This is why it’s so important to remove the sticky film of plaque that forms on the teeth every day!
The early stages of gum disease are classified as gingivitis, and if caught early on, the effects of the disease can be reversed. Once the gums and bone begin to deteriorate, the damage is permanent and can only be managed, not cured, with professional treatment. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, but regular oral exams and cleanings are necessary to ensure that all plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and that the signs of gum disease are caught before the damage is irreversible. Many patients do not experience any symptoms of periodontal disease until it’s too late, which is why it’s important to schedule an evaluation today to learn more!
Waterlase laser is used in our practice to perform a perio treatment, Waterlase laser is the only FDA approved laser at the moment for this procedure. Dr. Hyvel completed training in advanced perio and oral laser surgery from WCLI. Laser perio surgery is minimally invasive, offers a much quicker recovery time for the patient, and results in almost no bleeding during the procedure leaving patients with less discomfort and inflammation after the surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone. Research shows more than half of Americans suffer from periodontal disease. Finding the disease is the first step in preventing tooth loss!
Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together