Periodontitis in Chandler AZ
Gum disease: A silent epidemic
Gum disease is one of the most serious oral health issues facing both children and adults in the United States. In fact, over 80% of adults in this country suffer from some form of gum disease, or periodontitis, and it accounts for the majority of adult teeth lost every year. Unfortunately, gum disease is something of a silent threat: because it does not cause pain, many people do not realize they have a problem until the disease has advanced to a serious stage. Here we hope to educate our patients about the stages and warning signs of gum disease.
Stage 1: Gingivitis
Gum disease begins without pain
As plaque builds up around your gum line, the acidic by-product created by the bacteria living in the plaque irritates the soft tissue. While this stage is not painful, you will notice that your gums bleed easily after your brush your teeth and floss. If you notice bleeding gums or the tell-tale “pink in the sink,” you may have gingivitis. Dr. Arooni can help you treat and reverse gingivitis through improved at-home hygiene and regular checkups and cleanings.
Stage 2: Gum disease
Result of untreated bacterial infection
As the bacterial plaque continues to colonize the soft tissue, the gums recede from the teeth and create pockets where even more bacteria can take hold. Your body senses the bacterial presence as an infection and begins to systematically destroy the connective tissue in an effort to kill the infection. Your teeth will begin to look long and the gums may appear bright red and irritated. At this point, you will need to undergo either laser gum therapy or professional deep cleaning in addition to antibiotic therapy to treat
Stage 3: Advanced gum disease
Worsened condition where tooth loss occurs
The bacterial presence worsens and, as the connective tissue holding your teeth in place is destroyed, your teeth begin to loosen. Your gums will look very irritated and you may experience extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. In many cases, the loosened teeth will need to be extracted.
Ask us about the stages of gum disease and preventive treatment at our Chandler dental office. Please contact our office at 480-855-1200 or visit our office at 1949 W Ray Rd. Chandler, Arizona 85224. Dr. Mark Arooni is recognized as a Phoenix Best Dentist, with years of education and experience in cosmetic dentistry. Located in beautiful Chandler Arizona, our office is just a short drive from Gilbert, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Mesa, or Phoenix AZ.