The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease
Patients who suffer from periodontal disease may have questions about how this infection can impact their health. What is periodontal disease? When is it most severe, and what can be done about it? Our team will educate patients on the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease to reduce the risk of development and allow patients to catch the condition in its earliest stages.
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
The most common symptom of gingivitis is bleedings gums. However, other symptoms may include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Bad breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is critical to see a dentist immediately to reverse this condition when possible. Otherwise, gingivitis can become periodontitis, a more severe form of periodontal disease that can only be controlled, not cured.
What are the signs of periodontitis?
The later stage of periodontitis has more noticeable and severe symptoms that require the assistance of a dental professional to treat. These include visible gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss. Without early diagnosis and treatment, patients may permanently lose their adult teeth due to the significant loss of bone in the jaw that supports them. Instead, patients should be proactive about visiting their dentist to obtain the care they need and reduce their risk of developing an infection that can permanently impact the smile’s health, function, and appearance.
What can be done about periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease treatments may include:
- Scaling and root planing
- Infection control
- Improved oral health habits
- Bone grafting for repair
- Gum recession treatments
- Replacement of missing teeth
How do I get a proper diagnosis of periodontal disease?
Dr. Brian Gradinger is a dentist in the Valencia, CA area who can assist patients in getting a proper evaluation, definitive diagnosis and finding an effective treatment for their infection. The office is located at 23838 Valencia Boulevard, Suite #301, and the team can be reached by calling (661) 450-6650 or requesting a visit time via our online appointment request form here on the website. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your oral health concerns, restoring your health, and your smile!