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Springfield, MA 01129
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Don't Ignore These Signs Of Periodontal Disease

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Mild to severe periodontal disease affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 according to the Centers for Disease Control and periodonticsPrevention. You shouldn't ignore the symptoms of periodontal disease because this oral condition could lead to tooth loss and other complications. If you recognize any of the signs, see Dr. Laura Gramse for a diagnosis and periodontal treatment at her Springfield, MA dentist office.

About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an oral disorder that damages the gums and teeth. It's caused by bad bacteria that rapidly degrades the bone tissue in the jaw. As periodontitis progresses the gums lose their hold on the roots of the teeth, eventually causing them to loosen. Without proper treatment, extraction maybe necessary to prevent the infection from spreading.

Signs of Periodontitis
Your Springfield dentist can officially diagnose periodontitis using X-rays and an examination of your gums. But there are indications of a potential problem that you can identify at home before visiting the dentist's office. Here are five signs of periodontal disease that you should not ignore:

  • Strange, foul coming from the gums.
  • Gums are red and bleeding when you're brushing.
  • Pockets forming around the gumline.
  • Pain and tenderness in the gums.
  • Loosening or moving teeth.

Getting Treatment for Symptoms
Aggressive periodontitis treatment can give your gums a chance to heal and regenerate new bone tissue. Here are the most common ways that your dentist will attempt to reverse the symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Scaling and root planing to remove bad bacteria and plaque from under the gumline.
  • Medications to keep bad bacteria at bay.
  • Bone grafting to shore up existing bone tissue and promote the growth of new tissue.
  • Periodontal surgery in advanced cases.
  • Dental implants in serious cases where a tooth must be extracted and replaced.

A Periodontist Can Help
If you recognize any concerning signs of periodontitis, you should see Dr. Gramse for periodontal treatment as soon as possible. Call her office in Springfield, MA at (413) 783-6907 today.