Dr. Amar Katranji
and Dr. Kelly Misch encourage patients suffering from gingivitis in Ann Arbor, MI to seek treatment as soon as possible.
The stages of gum disease become increasingly more difficult and invasive to
treat as the infection progresses.
There are three main stages of gum disease:
Stage 1: Gingivitis
is the least severe of all the gum
disease stages. This usually occurs as a result of plaque and bacteria
buildup that causes the gum tissue to become inflamed and swollen. Symptoms of
gingivitis often include bad breath, bleeding gums, and inflamed tissue. Treatment
at this stage is fairly easy and may only require a professional cleaning and
meticulous homecare. However, it is important to get treatment as soon as
possible before the symptoms become much more complicated and severe.
Stage 2: Periodontitis
is what is referred to as “moderate” gum disease. This happens when gingivitis
is not treated promptly and the infection spreads to the deeper levels of
tissue. In addition to inflammation and bleeding, patients with periodontitis
can expect to see pocketing of the gum tissue along with the beginning stages
of gum recession and bone loss. Treatment as this stage may include a scaling
and root planing procedure and possibly locally administered antibiotics. If
left untreated, more severe gum disease
stages will develop and possible tooth loss may occur.
Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis
periodontitis is one of the most severe gum
disease stages. During this stage, pocketing, gum recession, and bone loss
will become increasingly severe to the point where teeth begin to loosen. If
immediate treatment is not sought, the risk of imminent tooth loss will become
disease in the early stages can help to protect your oral and overall health
from permanent damage. Patients suffering from gingivitis in Ann Arbor, MI are encouraged to contact Dr. Katranji
and Dr. Misch as soon as possible to schedule a consultation for treatment.