Periodontitis is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of bacteria that has accumulated between the teeth and gums over time. The following are the stages of periodontitis that you should be aware of to prevent the disease from spreading.
This gum disease starts out initially with inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth, which is also known as gingivitis. Another tell-tale sign of the initial stages of periodontitis is also bleeding gums that occurs when one brushes their teeth and is an indicator of gingivitis.
Early Periodontal Disease
During the initial stages of periodontitis, the gums will also pull away or recede, leaving small gaps between the teeth and gums. This stage is also easily noticeable and can be treated. When the gums begin to recede, these pockets or gaps that are created can house harmful bacteria. While the immune system kicks in to fight the buildup of bacteria, the bleeding tends to continue along with some possible bone loss.
Moderate Periodontal Disease
If the condition is left untreated, it spreads further to moderate periodontal disease. During this stage, the person may experience pain and bleeding around the teeth as the gums continue to recede. During this stage, the teeth also begin to loosen because of the receding gums.
Advanced Periodontal Disease
During the advanced stages of periodontal disease, you will experience the deterioration of the connective tissue that holds the teeth in place. Once the gums are loosened and the bone and other connective tissue are left weakened, the tooth begins to loosen. This is the stage where teeth begin to fall, and patients experience severe pain and foul breath. In severe cases, the bacteria can also enter into the bloodstream, resulting in further complications.
At The Mugford Center, Dr. Mugford and are always available to answer all of the question that you may have about periodontic care. So, don't wait. Call now at (410) 260-0790 to schedule your appointment today.