When you hear of periodontal disease, you likely think of a gum disease that can easily be treated and fixed. However, as an oral disease that is a lot more complex than you may be aware of, periodontal disease has three different unique stages. Gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis are each different stages of periodontal disease. To help you better understand these three different stages, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.
Stage 1: Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, gingivitis usually causes slight bleeding and inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth. Easily treatable, gingivitis typically goes away with some slight changes to your overall hygiene and diet. Caused primarily by the excess buildup of plaque, gingivitis can make doing simple things like eating feel uncomfortable.
Stage 2: Periodontitis
Periodontitis is the second phase of periodontal disease that is caused when plaque hardens and turns into tartar. As the plaque builds up on your teeth, your gums start to recede from your teeth causing problems like inflammation, pain, bleeding, and overall sensitivity. Even though you may have experienced similar symptoms with gingivitis, they are now more magnified at this stage. Additionally, at this stage of periodontal disease, some patients start to experience bone loss.
As the most progressive stage of periodontal disease, advanced periodontitis patients start to experience the bone loss which causes their teeth to become loose. At this stage of periodontal disease, patients typically receive moderate to severe bone loss in addition to potential tooth loss.
Gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis are all stages of the complex oral disease called periodontal disease. No matter what stage of periodontal disease a patient finds themselves in, it’s nice to know that it can be treated with the help of a dentist like Dr. Holbrook.
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