Periodontal Disease FAQS

Periodontitis, also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, in the early stage called Gingivitis, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end-if not properly treated with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth.

Certain symptoms may point to some form of the disease. The symptoms of gum disease include:


• Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
• Receding gums
• Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
• Loose or shifting teeth
• Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place. In a sever form of periodontitis which there are pockets and bone loss, patients need to treat by surgical procedure for eliminating the pockets and reshaping the bone.

The cost of periodontal surgery varies greatly depending on the type of procedure and the severity of your disease. Gum disease treatments may cost between $500 and $10,000.

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