Your Guide to Recovering from Periodontitis
Periodontitis is a severe oral illness that can lead to various other health concerns when left untreated. But, this condition doesn’t mean the end of a healthy smile. Treatments are available to get your periodontitis under control and lessen the risk of further issues down the road. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with periodontitis, you might be feeling worried about what that means for the future of your oral health. Although a diagnosis for this issue isn’t a cause for celebration, you should know that periodontitis recovery is possible. Even better, modern treatment is more successful than ever.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is a severe infection of the gums that damages the soft tissue in your mouth. Without treatment, periodontitis can destroy the bone that supports your teeth, cause teeth to loosen, or lead to tooth loss.
When your gums are healthy, they will be firm, fit snugly around your teeth, and be a pale pink color. If this doesn’t describe your gums, you should be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms of periodontitis:
- Gums that bleed easily.
- Pink-tinged or red-tinged toothbrush after brushing.
- Blood when brushing or flossing your teeth.
- Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums.
- Swollen or puffy gums.
- Gums that feel tender when touched.
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Oozing fluid between the teeth and gums.
- Loose teeth or tooth loss.
- Pain when chewing.
- New spaces that have developed between your teeth that can’t be otherwise explained.
- Receding gums.
- Teeth that don’t seem to fit together the same when you bite.
How do you treat it?
Thankfully, periodontitis can be treated. And the goal of any periodontitis treatment plan is to rid the pockets of the teeth from bacteria so that you can avoid further destruction of bone and tissue. The best way to treat periodontitis is through good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth at least two times per day and flossing once a day.
Scaling and cleaning by a dental professional are also essential to remove plaque and calculus and restore periodontal health. Finally, Dr. Tyler from Duvall Dental Center may prescribe you a medication treatment including a medicated mouthwash, antibiotic gel, Enzyme suppressant, or oral antibiotic.
What should you know about recovering from periodontitis?
As we mentioned before, periodontitis recovery is possible.
- Periodontitis comes in different forms, and each form may require a different approach to treatment. Treatment of periodontitis has a broad range, but the primary goal is to contain the infection as quickly and effectively as possible.
- Your risk of recurrence of periodontitis is higher if you are not practicing adequate oral hygiene. This will increase pocket depth, radiographic bone loss, and furcation (the anatomical area where the roots divide) involvement.
- You can improve the success of your periodontitis treatment plan by eliminating certain risk factors from your lifestyle. To improve your oral health, you should stop using any tobacco products, eat more nutritious foods, take steps to reduce your stress, and get treatment for bruxism if needed.
- Recovering from periodontitis takes time, but after treatment, you’ll find that your oral health is better than ever. After treatment, your gums will no longer be sore, and you’ll be able to brush, floss, and eat without experiencing pain or bleeding. You won’t need to feel self-conscious about possibly having bad breath or that someone you’re speaking to will notice your teeth or gums.
- Gingivitis can be reversed by ridding your gums of the infection. So you might be asking yourself: “What does gingivitis look like?” Gingivitis is often associated with dusky red, tender, swollen gums that bleed easily, especially during toothbrushing. Your next question is likely about how to treat gingivitis so that it doesn’t lead to periodontitis. The simple answer is that gingivitis can usually be treated with a professional dental cleaning. However, on occasion, your dentist might use a procedure called scaling that removes tartar and bacteria from your tooth surfaces and in the space under your gums.
Duvall Dental Center can treat your periodontitis and help you recover from your treatment.
If you believe that you have periodontitis or gingivitis, the time is now to seek the appropriate dental attention. Dr. Tyler and the team at Duvall Dental Center can help. Request an appointment using our convenient online form, or give us a call. If you are faced with lingering concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic or are interested in a virtual consultation before you decide to make an appointment, we can help with that.
The Duvall Dental Center virtual consults are convenient and a popular choice for many of our patients. Simply upload a photo of your teeth and gums, and Dr. Tyler and the team will provide you with a personalized video with recommendations for your periodontitis treatment plan.