If you think you may benefit from gum disease therapy, a periodontist – a dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease – will look for the following signs and symptoms:
- Red, or reddish-purple gums
- Swollen, tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
Your symptoms may vary depending on the stage of gum disease you are experiencing. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, in which you may begin to notice that your gums are red and inflamed, but you most likely won’t feel any pain. Your gums may bleed when you brush and floss if you have gingivitis. This stage of gum disease can often be reversed easily, by adopting proper brushing and flossing habits and having your teeth cleaned at periodontist Dr. Rod Strober‘s office.
Unmanaged gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. The gums recede, forming infected pockets around the tooth. Left untreated, infection beneath the gums will destroy the gums, ligaments, and bone that support the teeth, which can eventually lead to loose teeth and the potential for teeth to fall out.
A periodontist can treat gum disease at any stage, whether you simply need a cleaning and guidance for your at-home care, or if your gums and teeth require a deep cleaning or possible antibiotic treatment.
If you live in San Diego and are searching for a periodontist, please contact experienced dentist Dr. Rod Strober to schedule a consultation at Strober Dental.