Early Stages of Gum Disease Typically Involve No Pain
Posted on 5/10/2021 by Matthew Martin
|The early stages of gums disease silently develop, with the patient experiencing little, if any, pain. However, as the disease advances, things take a sudden turn for the worse, and the patient complains about pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, and bleeding gums.
Why Gum Disease Begins Silently
The reason that gum disease is silent, at first, is because it has not progressed to the point where the roots, pulp of the tooth, and gums are all affected. The key to preventing gum disease or reversing the early stages is to get rid of the plaque and tartar from the teeth and beneath the gum line or from the roots. In this case, we may do a deep clean known as a scale and root planing or SRP. By taking this approach, the infection will not spread and affect the bones and inside of the tooth.
What Happens When Gum Progresses?
Left untreated, gum disease turns into periodontitis, when plaque hardens into tartar past the gum line. The periodontal membrane, which covers the tooth and bone, starts to deteriorate because of the bacteria and tartar. The toxin from the bacteria destroys the surrounding bone. When the gums recede or pull away from the bone and teeth, periodontal pockets develop. When this happens, you will experience some swelling and pain while you chew. The bite may also fee a little off, and you may experience pus, chronic halitosis, and tooth sensitivity.
To maintain healthy teeth and gums, you need to pursue routine dental care at home diligently and brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Only by practicing good daily oral care will you keep gum disease from gaining any ground.
Would you like to schedule a comprehensive periodontal evaluation? If so, we can assist you with booking a time. Make it your goal to annihilate gum disease in its early stages or stop the condition in its tracks before it becomes unmanageable.