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Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
It's no surprise that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in developed countries. When it begins, plaque and bacteria irritate or inflame your gums causing a painful bacterial infection often called "gingivitis." The resulting damage can lead to loose teeth or even entire destruction of bone around them.
Another thing you might want know: not treating this condition could mean losing all your pearly whites!
The types of periodontal diseases can be categorized as aggressive, chronic and necrotizing. Each type has its own distinct characteristics and symptoms that must be treated promptly by a dentist to halt any future bone or tissue loss from happening again.
Common Signs & Symptoms
If you have any of these signs or symptoms, the advice of a general dentist or periodontist should be sought as soon as possible:
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
The dentist will assess the entire mouth to determine if periodontal disease has progressed. If one or more bacteria are found, they may be treated with antibiotics in conjunction with nonsurgical treatments like scaling and Root Planning while still surgery is used for complete removal of infection.
The dentist will assess the whole mouth in order to determine whether you have some form of periodontal disease. If it's determined that there is an active bacterial infection, then he or she may use antibiotics along with nonsurgical treatment options like dental flossing or scaling and root planing for more serious cases where surgery would need be considered as well.
Severe periodontitis can be treated in several different ways, such as: