At Lakewood Dental Trails, we treat periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is another name for gum disease. People of any age can be affected by periodontal disease. During your dental checkup and cleaning, Dr. Leung will examine your gums and teeth to determine if you have or are close to getting periodontal disease.
Dr. Leung will use a probe to gently measure the depth of the pockets surrounding each of your teeth. This is called periodontal charting. It is the portion of your appointment when you hear the dentist call numbers to the hygienist. The dentist measures each gum and calls the numbers to the hygienist, and she records them so at each appointment changes in measurement can be seen and charted.
- Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Your gums usually become red and swollen and tend to bleed easily. During this stage, you may not even realize that you have periodontal disease because there is little to no pain associated with this mild stage.
- Chronic periodontitis is the stage where you suffer the loss of tissue and bone. Pockets form and your gum tissue pulls away from your teeth.
- Aggressive periodontitis is a harmful stage. Symptoms include rapid loss of tissue and bone.
- Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease is a type of periodontics that happens due to a specific disease or disorder.
- Necrotizing periodontal disease painful and can result in the loss of tissues surrounding the tooth and connecting bone. It can also result in bad breath and bleeding.
Call and book your appointment for your regular cleaning and checkup to ensure you won’t suffer from Periodontal disease.