Symptoms of Gum Disease
Nearly half of the adult U.S. population has some form of gum disease, yet many are unaware they exhibit any symptoms. While some may not show any signs at all, others may notice bleeding or swollen gums, bad breath or loose teeth. Gum disease is an active infection and without treatment can contribute to dangerous systemic effects, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If you notice any changes in your oral health it is important to seek treatment promptly.
Stages of Gum Disease
- Red, Swollen, inflamed gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Chronic bad breath
- No bone loss
- Pockets form between teeth and gums
- Gum recession
- Gaps between the teeth
- Bone loss
- Deeper periodontal pockets
- Loose teeth
- Possible tooth loss
- Significant bone loss
The Leading Cause of Many Health Issues
Much research is being done to investigate if a definitive link exists between periodontal disease and other systemic illnesses. Current research has shown some links between periodontal disease and heart disease, ischemic stroke, respiratory disease, head and neck cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, and increased risk of pre-term delivery.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for the majority of adults in the United States. Losing your teeth, however, is not the only danger of this disease. When you have gum disease, there is an active, living infection in your mouth. This infection releases toxins to the entire body through the blood vessels in your mouth causing a variety of health-related issues.
A Solution to Gum Recession
If you have been diagnosed with receding gums or are showing signs of gum recession, your doctor may recommend the Pinhole® Surgical Technique PST™ to restore your beautiful smile. This is an incision-free procedure that involves making a very small hole and special instruments to loosen the gum tissue and move it over the areas with gum recession. Most patients that undergo this procedure are surprised how simple and minimally invasive the entire process is, and PST™ may be just what you need to take care of receding gums and restore your smile.
Dr. Steven C. Olsen, located in Centennial, CO, is a Dentist who services patients from Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Aurora, CO. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!