Treating Periodontal Disease with Dr. Milsap
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common threats to your oral health. Once it develops, your symptoms will only continue to worsen unless you seek treatment. It’s important to know the causes and symptoms of periodontal disease so you can recognize them and seek proper care before it’s too late.
If you’re missing teeth, gum disease is also an obstacle to restoring your smile. If you’re ever interested in dental implants or other restorations, you’ll require supplemental treatment to heal your gums. This will only add to the time and cost of your procedure, not to mention it could possibly interfere with the flawless results you’re looking for.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
The primary cause of periodontal disease is excess plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth and continues to build up if you don’t practice good oral hygiene habits. The best way to prevent this is by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, as well as visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Are you worried you might have gum disease? Familiarize yourself with these symptoms so you can verify whether you need to seek periodontal treatment right away:
- Red, puffy, or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums are receding from teeth, forming pockets
- Teeth appear to be longer from gum recession
- Severely bad breath
- Misaligned teeth
- Pus oozing from teeth and gums
The 3 Stages of Periodontal Disease
There are three stages of periodontal disease, each more serious than the last.. Here are the three stages in order of least to most urgent:
- Gingivitis — Plaque buildup around the gum line causes your gums to become red and inflamed. It’s important to begin treatment right away before your gum disease has a chance to get worse.
- Periodontitis — At this stage, irreversible damage has occurred in the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Your gums will likely be painful and severely inflamed.
- Advanced Periodontitis — Your teeth are now loose, barely retaining their position in your mouth. Your gums are severely swollen and you’ll notice pain with every bite. Root canal therapy may be the only way to save your teeth at this point.
How to Treat Your Periodontal Disease
The sooner you get treatment for your gum disease, the better — your symptoms will only continue to get worse over time. Here are some steps you can take to fight it:
- Ensure that you’re brushing and flossing long enough
- Visit Dr. Milsap for a deep cleaning to remove hardened tartar
- Root canal therapy to save damaged teeth
- Tooth extraction as a last resort, possibly combined with dental implants
Dr. Milsap Can Help You Eliminate Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can lead to serious consequences for your oral health without proper treatment. Dr. Milsap has decades of experience in dentistry and knows how to spot the signs of periodontal disease, even when it’s just starting to develop.
If you have any questions about gum disease or think you need an exam, contact one of our two locations in Fort Myers and schedule a consultation with Dr. Milsap.