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Gum Disease Can Progress to Where Your Teeth Must Come Out

Posted on 1/10/2022 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Gum Disease Can Progress to Where Your Teeth Must Come OutGum disease is an oral infection that affects your gums. It is caused by bacteria that accumulate on your teeth and gums. If you don't brush or floss your teeth regularly and properly, you are more likely to develop gum disease. Gum disease can be treated when it's in the early stages. However, when left untreated, this condition will progress to severe stages that cause tooth loss. Understanding the various stages of gum disease will help you know when to seek treatment and where the condition can't be reversed.

The Stages of Gum Disease

There are several stages of gum disease, with each stage varying in severity. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. In some cases, this stage has no symptoms. However, when they do appear, they include swollen, reddish, and bleeding gums. You will notice the blood when you brush or floss your teeth. Gingivitis can be reversed by treatment or thorough oral cleaning. At this point, the gum tissues are still healthy and can be saved.

Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease. This stage develops if you don't treat gingivitis. It occurs when bacteria spread below your gumline and produce harmful toxins. These toxins trigger inflammation. As a result, your gums will start receding, and the gaps between the teeth will deepen. This stage of gum disease is dangerous and can result in total gum recession. The chances of reversing this condition are minimal, and most parts of your gums will be affected.

The last stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. At this stage, all the previous symptoms will worsen. There will be rapid bone loss as teeth loosen up. Your gums will also swell aggressively. At this point, no treatment can salvage the situation. As a result, teeth extraction will be necessary. Therefore, it is important to treat gum disease when it's in the early stages. Please schedule an appointment with us for more information on gum disease.
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