Early Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
While Prosthodontics of Princeton offers a wide variety of general, cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, our priority is helping you maintain your optimal oral health without any intervention from our dentists. That’s why we have decided to provide an explanation and symptoms of one of the most common dental ailments afflicting people today: periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, begins as an inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque created by the bacteria naturally occurring in your mouth. Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which causes the gums to be red, swollen and bleed easily. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease, which involves the gums pulling away from the teeth and forming spaces. As plaque moves below your gum line, the toxins created by bacteria cab break down the bone that holds your teeth in place. If this is left untreated, the loss of teeth will likely result.
Early Signs to Watch For
Gum disease can easily be treated if caught early, before the bone begins to be broken down. Some signs indicating the early form of periodontal disease (gingivitis) are:
- Swollen gums
- Red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
These symptoms can easily be reversed following proper brushing and flossing practices, as well as visiting your Princeton, NJ dentist for a professional cleaning. No permanent damage is likely to have occurred with the presentation of these symptoms, but if left untreated, it can progress to full periodontal disease. Some symptoms of periodontal disease are:
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Bad breath (in conjunction with other symptoms)
- Changes in bite
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Poorly fitting dentures
If you are experiencing any of these periodontal symptoms, it is imperative that you seek help from a dentist to ensure tooth loss does not occur.
Contact Your Princeton Dentists Today!
Dr. Steven Isaacson and Dr. Suzanne Reinhardt of Prosthodontics of Princeton have extensive experience treating all forms of gum disease. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, feel free to contact us today and one of our skilled staff will be happy to assist you with scheduling an appointment. Prosthodontics of Princeton also specializes in dental implants, so if you have already lost teeth to periodontal disease, we can help with that too. Thank you for reading our blog about gum disease. We hope you found it helpful and informative, and we hope to see you in our office soon!