When you read or hear about periodontitis, it might feel a bit intimidating. This isn’t all that surprising, after all, gum disease can have some severe consequences, especially if it is not treated. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t recover from it.

4 Things You Should Know about Periodontitis and Periodontitis Recovery

1. There are three types of periodontitis.

Let’s talk about what you should know about gum disease. First, you must understand what periodontitis is and the various stages of the illness. Periodontitis is a progressive illness, and the earlier it is caught, the better. With all stages of periodontitis, in addition to the tender, swollen, puffy, and red-colored gums that are a sign of gingivitis, symptoms of periodontal disease include pus between teeth, increased spacing between teeth, loose teeth, and pain when chewing or talking. There are three stages of gum disease.

Chronic Gum Disease

This is the most common form of gum disease and is the slowest in its deterioration of the dental tissues. However, it still leads to the destruction of vital tissues, which affects your oral health for life and should be taken very seriously.

Aggressive Gum Disease

This form of gum disease is more severe and rapid in its progression. It starts during childhood or early adulthood and often is the result of genetics. It occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy, but it can lead to rapid attachment loss and bone destruction.

Necrotizing Gum Disease

As the name would imply, the gum tissue, ligaments, and bone begin to die during this stage of periodontal disease. The death of gum tissue is due to a lack of sufficient blood supply, which leads to infection. This form of periodontitis usually affects individuals with suppressed immune systems or those who are experiencing malnutrition.

2. Periodontitis treatment can help restore your health.

There are many highly effective nonsurgical and surgical options available for the treatment of periodontitis. Drs Sadeghi, Singh, and Tang will suggest a remedy for you based on the specifics and severity of your illness. Nonsurgical treatments like scaling and root planing are considered first.

Dental Scaling and Root Planing

Dental scaling and root planing are used to remove tartar from the gum line, and unhealthy tooth material is smoothed away. Sometimes deep cleaning is accompanied by antibiotics or an antibacterial treatment called Arestin to ensure the bacteria responsible for gum disease is gone. This process will help restore the health of your gums without surgery.

Gum Surgery 

If your gum disease has advanced to late-stage periodontal disease, surgery may become necessary. Our periodontist will become involved to ensure the optimal health of your gums. In most cases, gum surgery removes infected gum tissue and replaces it with healthy gum tissue. Teeth extraction may be necessary to restore the health of your mouth. Our periodontal specialist can do this, as well as place dental implants for your tooth replacement. We offer local anesthesia and dental sedation for your comfort.

If it is determined that gum surgery is the best treatment for you, you can anticipate that you will be fully healed after one to two weeks. However, you should be able to return to work the day after your procedure. This said, your teeth will feel more sensitive than usual, and a liquid diet may be preferable.

3. Oral hygiene is critical.

During periodontitis recovery, your oral hygiene becomes more important than ever. But, when we say this, we want to ensure that we don’t mislead you. Your oral hygiene is always important. Now is the time to adopt a good oral hygiene routine and stick to it. Failure to stick to a good routine can cause all of that hard work by you and your periodontist to fail. So, be sure to do the following.

  • Brush your teeth twice daily, especially after meals.
  • Floss once daily, making sure to get between all your teeth.
  • Rinse daily with a fluoridated mouthwash.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco products.
  • See your dentist every six months for an oral examination and dental cleaning.

4. Let the First Dental Associates team be your periodontitis recovery partner.

When it comes to periodontitis recovery, you don’t want to go it alone. Not only do you want the best treatment partner, but you also want the best recovery partner too. So who better than First Dental Associates, the best dentists near Reading, MA, to help you identify the stage of your periodontitis, and help you through your treatment and recovery to ensure that you have the best chances of success and the lowest chances of recurrence?

If you have gum disease and are looking for treatment options near Reading, MA, now is the time to request an appointment with First Dental Associates. Call us or fill out our online form so that one of our associates can contact you to schedule your appointment. We look forward to setting you on the path to periodontitis recovery.