Periodontitis: Symptoms, Treatment & More

Periodontitis: Symptoms, Treatment & More

Gum disease is a common dental issue, affecting millions of patients across the world. While some cases are mild, more severe forms of periodontitis can cause serious dental problems and tooth loss if not treated. 

Fortunately, with advancements in health care and oral science, there are a number of treatment options for periodontitis that can relieve pain and prevent the full-scale destruction of teeth and bones.

In this post, we will discuss all you need to know about gum disease, its symptoms and treatments available to you so you are confident in your decisions about your gum disease.

Gingivitis and Early Prevention

An early indication of gum disease is inflammation. This is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection. While dealing with inflamed and infected gums are not fun, being able to recognise the early signs of gum disease is crucial. 

This infection is called Gingivitis and if left untreated the infection can travel below your gum line into your bone, where it turns into periodontitis. As the infection causes periodontitis to spread to the bone and supporting tissues, your teeth may become loose and need removal.

If caught early enough, gingivitis is treatable and reversible. With daily brushing, flossing, regular professional dental care and medicated mouthwashes, Gingivitis can be effectively treated.

Diagnosing Gum Disease

Gum disease can only effectively be diagnosed by a professional dentist, who will look for a number of signs to see how the condition has developed. Your mouth is examined for a number of symptoms which include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Tender and bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums 

Risks Of Advance Gum Disease

Inflammation and infection put your immune system into overdrive. As a result, advanced gum disease reduces the effectiveness of your immune system and can lead to a number of other health issues, such as:

  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Respiratory illness
  • Digestive disease
  • Osteoporosis

Treating Periodontitis

To treat gum disease, it is crucial to see a dentist. As every patient is different, the severity of the disease will determine the best treatment strategy. If you are in the early-to-moderate stages of gum disease, your dentist could suggest nonsurgical treatments. However, if your condition has advanced to Periodontitis, surgical treatments are the best course of action.

To fully get rid of advanced gum disease is to extract the infection at its source and replace your teeth with permanent implants. This will remove the invasive bacteria from its source, protecting your surrounding teeth and bone from further damage.

Prevent Tooth Loss and Pain At Noosa Family Dental

Are you tired of living with pain and periodontal disease? Symptoms like receding gums, tooth sensitivity, unsightly staining, bad breath, and bleeding can be embarrassing and difficult to manage alone. However, with the experts at Noosa Family Dental and their professional dental implant services, you can overcome periodontal disease and take back your life.

Noosa Family Dental provide comprehensive dental care for both young and old. They offer general, restorative, cosmetic and emergency dental care to residents across Noosa. Let the experienced team help you regain your health and confidence. Book your implant today!