You may suffer from periodontal disease without showing any signs or symptoms. You may think, since there’s no pain, there must be no infection. This is why Dr. Brusky advocates for regular dental checkups.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
If you suffer from periodontal disease, you may experience unexplained dental bleeding, such as when you brush, floss or eat, or even the presence of pus around the teeth and gums. You may experience pain, swelling or redness of the gums. Your teeth might begin to appear longer, your teeth may become loose, spaces may appear between the teeth, and you almost always have bad breath.
How to Treat Periodontal Disease
If left to worsen, periodontal disease can lead to damage to the gum tissues and jawbone. Dr. Brusky’s hygienist will provide you with a thorough mouth assessment to determine how far the disease has progressed, and how to treat it best.
If you only suffer from moderate gum disease, scaling and root planing may be the recommended treatment. This is where the gingival pockets will be cleaned, and an antibacterial medication applied to help you heal while killing off any remaining bacteria.
If you suffer from severe gum disease, laser treatments may be used, along with tissue grafting and pocket eliminating surgery. Lasers can decrease the sizes of gum pockets, and bone or tissue grafting can restore some of what was lost because of the disease. Grafting will also stimulate new tissue growth. These more advanced and invasive treatments are typically performed by a periodontist.
If you suspect that you suffer from periodontal or gum disease and you wish to halt the progression of symptoms before they have a chance to worsen, call (920) 662-1440 or email Green Bay dentist Dr. David Brusky today.