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What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease?

What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease?

Unlock the secrets to a healthier smile with Astoria Dental Town as we guide you through the stages of gum disease, a pivotal aspect of oral health that is often overlooked. Understand and combat the stages of gum disease with us, from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Dr. Eduard Niyazov, DDS, and our devoted team emphasize early detection and effective management to prevent the irreversible effects of this common but preventable condition. Let us help you maintain a vibrant, disease-free smile for life. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 30-60, Suite 2A, Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103.

What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease? | Astoria Dental Town
What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease? | Astoria Dental Town

Table of Contents:

How quickly does gum disease progress?
Can my teeth be saved if I have gum disease?
When is it too late to reverse gum disease?
Can your gums go back to normal after gum disease?

How quickly does gum disease progress?


Periodontal disease is commonly known simply as gum disease and is a progressive disease that may worsen with time if untreated. Periodontitis develops gradually and consistently when left untreated. There are 4 acknowledged stages of gum disease, increasing in severity as the list continues.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which may occur in the absence of proper dental hygiene. It may take as little as 4 days for plaque buildup to become significant, to the point where gingivitis may develop on day 5. Symptoms of gingivitis are typically mild, including bleeding, swelling, and redness of the gums. These symptoms will progressively worsen from stage to stage, as there is plenty of time for bacterial infections to get worse. Gingivitis is typically reversible, so you should see your dentist shortly after you realize you have it, to make sure the damage is not extensive, and progression to the next stage does not occur.

The second stage of gum disease is early periodontitis, which may manifest in a matter of weeks or may take many months, depending on the severity of the gingivitis. Early periodontitis begins to penetrate deeper into the gums, damaging the bones supporting the teeth and potentially causing them to loosen up. Symptoms may be similar to those of gingivitis, only stronger and more intense. Periodontal pockets will begin to form during this stage too.

The third stage of gum disease is moderate periodontitis, which is characterized by significant amounts of bone loss and gum recession. Symptoms like deep gum pockets, tooth shifting and migration, changes in the bite, and pain while chewing are all symptoms that may develop during this third stage for the first time. Other previous symptoms may remain and be even more extreme than before.

The fourth stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis, which may be identified by the severe loss of bone and shifting of the teeth. Teeth may begin falling out, and some will likely not be savable. Symptoms will be severe, including tooth loss, puss discharge, severe gum recession, and more. Treatment may consist of more invasive methods at this stage, and extensive reconstructions may be required. It may take more time for early and moderate periodontitis to progress to this stage when untreated.

Can my teeth be saved if I have gum disease?


In short, yes, your teeth may be savable. However, this depends on the extent of the damage that has been done to your teeth and bones from periodontitis. If caught in earlier stages, the chance of having a successful recovery is increased. There are several different treatments that medical professionals opt for when treating periodontitis. Some popular methods of treatment are scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy. All of these treatments can help lower the levels of inflammation, and stop the progression of periodontal disease.

When is it too late to reverse gum disease?


Usually, only the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is reversible. As gum disease develops into early and moderate periodontitis, the condition is no longer completely reversible. This means that treatment may be administered to slow or prevent the advancement of the disease, but the damage is most likely permanent without reconstructive surgeries.

This makes it increasingly important to monitor the health of your gums and mouth, ensuring that you are taking proper care of your gums, while also making sure you receive the proper care from dental professionals, which includes frequent cleanings and checkups. If you can catch gum disease early on, you will be much more likely to reverse the condition as opposed to if the condition is left untreated, and develops into periodontitis.

Can your gums go back to normal after gum disease?


Gums can’t grow back or return to their original state once damaged by gum disease such as periodontitis. Receding gums get worse as the stages of gum disease progress, each causing further and further receding. Although your gums may not turn back to normal, some treatments can slow and even stop the progression of further damage. Taking routine care of your gums may help prevent gum disease therefore, gum recession.

At Astoria Dental Town, we believe that understanding and addressing gum disease is crucial for maintaining not only your oral health but your overall well-being. We’re here to support you with advanced treatments and comprehensive care tailored to every stage of gum disease. Commit to your dental health; visit us to learn how our proactive approach can keep your smile bright and your gums healthy. Together, we can achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles and strong teeth. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 30-60, Suite 2A, Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103. We serve patients from Astoria NY, Long Island City NY, Manhattan NY, Murray Hill NY, Bronx NY, South Richmond Hill NY, and surrounding areas.