Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Healthy gums are the support network for healthy teeth and a stable smile. When gum health is compromised by periodontal disease, it also places the teeth at risk and can impact your overall health and well-being. Dr. Tufa places an emphasis on the maintenance of healthy gums as part of our preventive dental care at Westborough Dental Associates.
Gum Disease: Two Stages of Development
In the early stage, gum disease often goes unnoticed by most and is often called the “silent disease”. It is not until the symptoms of a developing problem are visible or it is spotted during a dental exam that gum disease is addressed. We screen for the early warning signs of gum disease during all routine dental care visits to help our patients avoid complex problems associated with late stage gum disease.
- Gingivitis: characterized by bleeding gums, minor redness, swelling of gums around tooth roots or increased sensitivity, gingivitis is the beginning of periodontal disease and should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease can lead to shifting of teeth, changes in the fit of the bite or a denture and even tooth loss.