Stages of Periodontal Disease services cliffside park, fort lee, edgewater & nearby bergen county NJ & NY

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. This is a mild gum disease that will serve as a warning that if the teeth and gums are not properly cleaned and cared for the condition will worsen. During this stage plaque will grow within the gingival sulcus, and will cause a reaction which is inflammatory. The bacteria that reside within the plaque will release toxins that will affect the immune system. This will result in gums that are sore and which bleed easily. Patients may experience both bad breath and an undesirable taste.

Understanding the Stages of Periodontal Disease

If gingivitis remains untreated, it will progress to the next stage, which is mild periodontal disease. At this point the gums will begin separating from the teeth more extensively. This will lead to pockets which can be as deep as six mm. The pockets will make it more difficult for the patient to cleanse their teeth, and as a consequence calculus will form within the pockets which will in turn damage the tissue which is responsible for attachment to the tooth.

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Stages of Periodontal Disease | FAQ

Is there a cure for the periodontal disease stages?

At this time periodontal disease can only be prevented or treated, not cured. Once the condition presents itself a variety of treatments are available including surgery, but without ongoing maintenance the condition will persist.

Will periodontal disease stages respond to home treatment?

Periodontal disease is an advanced condition that requires the intervention of a dentist. While gingivitis can be treated at home with OTC medications and other products, once it progresses to periodontal disease more advanced treatment will be needed.

How much does periodontal disease treatment cost?

The cost for treating periodontal disease will depend on the stage. Gingivitis (stage 1) is the least costly to treat while advanced periodontal disease (stage 3) is the most expensive as it will involve tooth, extraction, grafting, and many other procedures.

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