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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

What are the Stages of Periodontitis?


Posted on 11/8/2021 by Dr. Boustany
What are the Stages of Periodontitis?Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. This is why it is important to treat gum disease in its early stages to stop its advancement. There are four stages of periodontitis, they include:

Gingivitis


This is the first stage of periodontitis. It is the only stage where the disease can reverse by medication. During this stage, the infection hasn't started attacking your bones yet. Gingivitis is mainly caused by the accumulation of bacteria around your gums and teeth. Some of the common signs of gingivitis are bleeding gums and inflamed gums. These symptoms are primarily painless and might make it hard for you to notice. You can reverse gingivitis by maintaining good oral hygiene and coming in for regular dental exams. It would be best if you also stuck to eating healthy foods for your teeth.

Slight Periodontal Disease


This is the second stage of periodontal disease. Once it gets to this point, gum disease cannot be reversed. However, it can be managed if proper measures are put in place. At this stage, the disease has spread to the bones and begun causing destruction. Furthermore, the infection is more aggressive at this stage than stage one. This results in damaged bone structure. Root planning and scaling are commonly used to deep clean the gums at this stage. This is vital because it helps get rid of bacteria and other harmful germs.

Moderate Periodontal Disease


The third stage of periodontal disease is referred to as moderate. This stage has deeper depths that allow more bacteria to attack the bones. When you are diagnosed with this stage of periodontitis, our experts will use root planning and scaling to clean your teeth and gums.

Advanced Periodontal Disease


Advanced periodontal disease is the final stage of this disorder. At this stage, the infection has evolved into a widespread bacteria. This condition often leads to tooth loss and damages your gums significantly. Please schedule an appointment with us for more information on the stages of periodontitis.
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