Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a commonly occurring disease. This disease affects roughly half of all Americans over the age of 30, according to Healthline. Because this disease is easily prevented and treated in its early stages, it is important to recognize its symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, it is important to see a periodontal professional.
Our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can easily determine if you are suffering from gum disease during an oral exam. During this exam, our team will take measurements of the pockets between your teeth and gums. If these pockets exceed the normal depth, then you are experiencing gum disease. Our team will use these results to develop a custom treatment plan to restore the health of your teeth and gums.
What Are Early Symptoms?
There are many early symptoms of gum disease. One of the most common early symptoms is overly sensitive gums. If your gums are tender to the touch or bleed easily while brushing or flossing, then you may be developing gum disease. Discoloration of your gums is also a common symptom of gum disease. These symptoms are often accompanied by gums that frequently become swollen and inflamed.
No matter which or how many of these symptoms you are experiencing, gum disease cannot be properly diagnosed at home. That is why it is important that you consult with a professional periodontal team. Once it is determined if you have periodontal disease, preventative or restorative treatments can begin.
What Are Advanced Symptoms?
Gum disease progresses over time and will worsen during a multiyear period. If diagnosed early, our team can treat you with non-surgical methods that will save you time and money. Early diagnosis also increases our team’s chances of preserving your natural teeth. Advanced symptoms require more invasive treatment methods to curb the progression of gum disease.
Advanced symptoms include a pocket depth of over 5mm. Once your pocket size has increased to these levels, our team can no longer clean and scale your teeth with manual tools. Pocket reduction surgery has to be utilized to properly scale your teeth and reduce the size of these pockets to allow for non-surgical cleaning in the future.
Other advanced symptoms of gum disease include a receding gumline and a loss of bone density. A receding gumline may require a gum graft to restore the proper function and appearance of your gums. A bone graft will be needed if bone loss has weakened your jawbone.
The final symptom of gum disease is tooth loss. Once tooth loss has begun, surgical restoration options are completely unavoidable. You will need more costly and time-consuming restorations, such as dental implants. These restorations will give you a completely new set of teeth that function and look just like your natural teeth.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you receive an oral exam to determine if you have developed gum disease. Once our professionals at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can gauge your oral health, they can develop a maintenance or treatment plan just for you. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 385 381-6464 today.