Periodontal disease (gum disease) is progressive, that is, if it doesn’t stabilize or show signs of healing, it’s bound to get worse. Even when it doesn’t hurt, untreated gum disease will eventually result in tooth loss.
The course of gum disease proceeds in spurts of activity over time. In the early stage – gingivitis – we find the gums inflamed or swollen. But the bone is still in good shape.
As bacteria and plaque migrate deeper in between the teeth and gums, the condition is on its way to early or moderate periodontitis. Gum inflammation extends to the bone beneath, which begins to erode. In severe cases, we’re racing with the clock. Teeth begin to loosen and move. At this point, without surgical intervention, the only alternative is removal of the infected teeth.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, simply call our Tinley Park dental office and we will help you with your gum problems.