What You Should Know About Periodontitis

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What You Should Know About Periodontitis

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to various oral health problems if left untreated. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is marked by inflammation of the gums. Without treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. In Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, general periodontal care is available at HFL Dental, where Dr. Greg Lowenguth can help you achieve and maintain healthy gums.

Signs of Periodontitis

The gums can become infected when plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth. Both contain cavity-causing bacteria that can infect gum tissue. Several symptoms can develop during different stages of gum disease, including both gingivitis and periodontitis. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in your bite
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose or missing teeth

Treatment for Periodontitis

If you have developed any of the symptoms associated with gum disease, it is important to seek treatment right away to stop the infection from spreading. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other oral health problems.

Treating gum disease early during the gingivitis stage can prevent it from advancing to periodontitis. The experienced dentist at our dental office in the Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, area provides general periodontal care to help you enjoy healthier gums.

A common method for treating periodontitis is scaling and root planing, which is a procedure for deep-cleaning below the gum line. During the procedure, plaque and tartar are removed from deeper areas of the tooth and root that cannot be reached with regular brushing and flossing.

More severe cases of periodontitis might also require surgical treatment, such as gum grafting, to restore gum health. Gum grafting involves removing healthy gum tissue from another area of the mouth and grafting it in places where gum tissue has been lost due to infection. Our skilled dentist can determine what type of treatment is needed to restore the health of your gums.

Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease than gingivitis and should be treated promptly to stop the infection from spreading and leading to tooth loss. For the treatment of gum disease and for general periodontal care in Mendon, NY, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lowenguth by calling HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY, at (585) 624-1917.