Recognizing the Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum Disease Symptoms - New York, NY

Mar 9, 2016 — by Ernest Robertson D.D.S.
Tags: Gum Disease Restorative Dentistry

Illustrations of a normal tooth versus one where gum disease is presentHealthy teeth are an important factor in determining the overall health of a patient’s mouth, but patients often overlook another factor that is equally important: the health of the gums. As the foundation of the teeth, it is just as important to ensure that the gums remain strong and healthy, so that the health and strength of the teeth do not also suffer. Gum disease is a common oral health condition, but one that many patients do not know much about. With early diagnosis, periodontal treatment can eliminate gum disease and restore gum health. The experienced dental team at the Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry help patients recognize gum disease symptoms so that our New York, NY dental team can provide appropriate periodontal treatment.

Common Gum Disease Symptoms

Gum disease is a progressive condition, so it is important to note that the symptoms of this condition are likely to vary from patient to patient. The symptoms that are experienced by each patient will depend greatly on how far the disease has progressed and how significantly the health of the gums has been impacted. Patients should also be aware that, in its earliest stages, gum disease often does not display any recognizable symptoms, which is one reason that routine dental exams are so important to a patient’s oral health. For those patients who do develop symptoms of gum disease, some combination of the following symptoms is likely:

  • Gums that are deep red in color as opposed to light pink
  • Gums that are tender to the touch
  • Gums that are swollen
  • Tooth pain
  • Bleeding of the gums (contrary to what many people think, it is not normal for the gums to bleed during brushing or flossing)
  • Pockets of space between the base of the teeth and the gums (gum recession)
  • Loose, unstable teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Halitosis (persistent case of bad breath)

If any of these symptoms are present, it is likely that the patient is suffering from a more advanced case of gum disease. This makes it even more important to seek dental care as soon as possible so that the condition can be treated before oral health is further impacted.

Periodontal Treatment

As harmful as gum disease can be to the teeth, gums, and overall oral health, it is fortunate that the condition can often be effectively treated, and the negative side effects of this disease reversed. Our dentists offer periodontal care, such as root planing and scaling treatment (a deep cleaning of the gums) and medication that can eliminate infection so that the health of the gums and teeth can be restored. In more serious cases, we can even discuss the need for oral surgery to eliminate periodontal pockets and encourage the growth of new, healthy gum tissue.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to have your teeth and gums examined by an experienced member of our dental team. At the Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, we offer the periodontal treatments that can give you back a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile.

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