What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal services from your dentists in Boston, MA
You’ve heard about periodontal disease, but you’re not sure what it is. What’s the difference between periodontal disease and gum disease? How can I find out if I have periodontal disease? Your dentists at Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA want to share with you what you need to know about periodontal disease and how periodontal services can help you.
Periodontal disease starts out as gum disease, but there is an important difference. You can reverse gum disease, but periodontal disease is not reversible. Periodontal disease can be managed effectively, but the bone loss you suffer from with periodontal disease is permanent.
Gum and periodontal disease are caused by bacteria. The plaque in your mouth contains millions of harmful bacteria. If these bacteria sit undisturbed, they produce toxins that can destroy your soft tissue, as in gum disease, and also the bone supporting your teeth, as is the case with periodontal disease.
You may have periodontal disease and not even know it. Your dentists in Boston want to share some of the common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. You may have periodontal disease if you experience:
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding, painful gums
- Pain when you chew
- Receding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Teeth shifting out of position
- Bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth
You can prevent gum and periodontal disease by frequently and effectively removing bacterial plaque from your teeth. Ideally, you should be brushing after meals and before bed, and flossing at least once daily.
The first step to discovering if you have periodontal disease is to visit your dentists in Boston. They will take x-rays and do a comprehensive dental examination to determine the health of your soft tissue and the bone around your teeth.
They may suggest just a regular dental cleaning if you have no signs of periodontal disease. If you do show signs of disease or bone loss, they may suggest a more intensive cleaning, a periodontal therapy appointment. Periodontal therapy involves deep cleaning one section of your mouth at a time, focusing on smoothing the roots of your teeth, creating a healthy tissue-to-tooth attachment.
In severe cases of periodontal disease, surgery may be indicated to restore support to your teeth. Your dentists offer a full range of periodontal services to give you back your healthy smile.
Gum and periodontal disease can sneak up on you with little or no symptoms. Only your dentists will know for sure whether you have periodontal disease, so don’t wait, because you can lose your teeth! Call your dentists at Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA today and save your smile!