|Dental Consequences of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that is easily treated in its early stages with non-surgical procedures. However, if this disease is left untreated, it will continually worsen and affect your oral health and even your overall health. That is why it is important to get regular dental exams and receive prompt treatment when you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease.
Whether you are just starting to experience symptoms or have been struggling with periodontal disease for a while, our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can help. Our professionals will assess your case during your initial visit. They will educate you on the consequences of untreated periodontal disease and develop a custom treatment plan to restore the health of your teeth and gums.
What Happens When I Get Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease develops as a result of poor dental hygiene and a lack of professional dental cleanings. When plaque builds up on your teeth and gums, it will harden into tartar. These substances will accumulate in the pockets between your teeth and gums, allowing periodontal bacteria to grow and fester.
The bacteria will cause your gums to become sensitive and even discolored. This sensitivity may result in bleeding during brushing and flossing. As the disease progresses, your teeth can become inflamed and infected. This infection may require treatment through the use of antibiotics.
During these early stages of the disease, the consequences are minor and can be reversed with non-surgical procedures and improved oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing twice per day for at least two minutes at each session and regular flossing. Our team may also recommend more frequent professional cleanings so that they can complete a procedure known as scaling and root planing. This process will resolve your symptoms over time and allow your gums to heal.
What Happens If Periodontal Disease Is Untreated?
If you ignore symptoms of periodontal disease, the bacteria will continue to grow, and you will experience ever-worsening symptoms. The end result of periodontal disease is bone and tooth loss. This occurs because your gums will continue to decline in health and the infection will then begin to affect your jawbone. Early intervention before this occurs will provide you with the best and most cost-effective results.
Once bone loss has begun, our team will be required to utilize more invasive treatment options such as surgical procedures. A commonly used procedure at this stage of periodontal disease is a bone graft. During a bone graft, our professional will graft bone fragments to your jawbone in the affected areas. This procedure has a high success rate but is more costly than early intervention and takes longer for complete recovery.
Due to the serious consequences of periodontal disease, it is important that you receive prompt treatment if you begin to experience symptoms. The early symptoms of periodontal disease can be easily alleviated during the non-surgical procedures performed by our team. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease or want to know about dental implants for tooth loss, our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can help. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at 915-213-3455.