Periodontitis is a disease affecting the gums and bones supporting our teeth. At Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates in Great Neck & Hicksville, our primary goal is to prevent our clients from getting periodontitis in the first place. Prevention should save you from time and money spent on treatment. Plus, no one wants to go through the discomfort of having inflamed and bleeding gums.
The most commonly encountered and earliest symptom in people who have gingivitis is bleeding gums. Gingivitis is the earliest stage in periodontitis and, if treated quickly, is relatively harmless. As the condition develops, patients start to complain of loose teeth, bad breath, pain while chewing, and a bad taste in their mouths.
In its severest stage, periodontitis can lead to the loss of teeth and gaps between the gums and teeth. Waiting until the condition gets this bad is something we strongly recommend against at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates. You should seek professional help at the first sign of trouble.
The diagnosis of periodontitis can be made in-office without heavy reliance on tests and investigations. During each of your check-ups, we check for signs of gingivitis and gum inflammation. We also remove any plaque on your teeth to help protect and preserve them.
If we notice the development of periodontitis, we might use a tiny ruler to measure any gaps that start to appear in your mouth. An x-ray might also be required before periodontal treatment begins.
We already talked about how periodontitis can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth. Abscesses might also develop. These are collections of pus that could start to form in a person’s oral cavity. They’re a sign of late disease and are usually quite painful.
Periodontitis means the presence of an infection in the oral cavity. This can be bad news for the entire body, not just for structures inside the mouth like teeth. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause widespread infections in areas like the heart and lungs. They could also complicate pregnancy.
What we care about most at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates is your health, which is why we always recommend visiting a dentist twice a year. During these visits, early signs of periodontitis can be detected so treatment can begin as early as possible. Give us a call to schedule your appointment!