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How your dentist in Jacksonville, North Carolina can help you fight periodontal disease
Periodontal disease can sneak up on you, and can cause you to lose teeth and your smile. It usually starts out as gum disease, and all you may notice is a small amount of bleeding when you brush. Gum disease can get worse, affecting the ligaments, tendons, and bone that support your teeth. If the supporting structures are compromised, you now have periodontal disease.
Dr. Jose Arauz in Jacksonville, North Carolina offers a full range of periodontal and implant services including effective ways to treat periodontal disease. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and he can help you restore your oral health.
The first signs and symptoms you may notice are caused by gum disease. You need to pay attention if your gums are:
- Red or irritated
- Swollen and puffy
- Blunted, with loss of normal contours
- Painful when you eat, brush, or floss
Fortunately, if you begin a program of excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, gum disease is reversible. But you must brush after meals, floss at least once each day, and visit your dentist and dental hygienist for regular dental care and professional dental cleanings. Your dentist and dental hygienist will also help prevent your gum disease from becoming periodontal disease.
Common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include all of the same issues as gum disease, with a few additional signs and symptoms. If you have periodontal disease, you will notice:
- Your bite feels different
- Your gums are receding, showing more of the roots of your teeth
- Your teeth look longer from root exposure
- Gaps or spaces are developing between your teeth
Unlike gum disease, periodontal disease and its effects cannot be reversed. They can only be managed. Periodontal therapy is the key to managing periodontal disease. If you think you may have gum or periodontal disease, you need to seek out help from an expert, your dentist! Don’t wait for your gum or periodontal disease to get worse. Instead, pick up your phone and call Dr. Jose Arauz in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Call now!
Bleeding gums and bad breath may seem like minor annoyances, but these problems may be symptoms of gum disease. Ignoring the symptoms can raise your risk of developing serious complications, including infections and tooth loss. Jacksonville, NC, dentist, Dr. Jose Arauz shares several common signs of periodontal disease.
Mild gum disease symptoms
Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is often reversible with better oral hygiene. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Gum Changes: Gingivitis causes the gums to swell and bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth. If you take a look at your mouth, you may notice that your gums look reddish rather than pink.
- Receding Gums: The early stage of periodontal disease may cause your gums to recede, exposing tooth roots.
- Bad Breath: Is your breath bad no matter how often you brush your teeth and use mouthwash? Gingivitis may be the cause of the problem.
Serious gum disease symptoms
If you don't treat gingivitis symptoms, you may develop periodontitis. Periodontitis does not only affects your gums but may also lead to bone loss in your jaw. Symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Pain: Your gums may hurt when you touch them, chew, or brush and floss. Gum swelling may increase at this stage. If your tooth roots are exposed, you may experience pain when you eat or drink hot foods or beverages.
- Pockets: Pockets, deep spaces that form between your teeth and gums, are a common sign of periodontal disease. Bacteria in the pockets damages your gums and your jawbone.
- Loose Teeth: Have you noticed that your teeth seem to be a little loose? Prompt treatment is essential if you don't want to lose them.
- Bite Changes: Gum disease may also affect the way your teeth fit together or change the fit of dentures.
How can my dentist help?
If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with our Jacksonville office as soon as possible. In some cases, you may only need a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots. If the disease is severe, laser surgery may be used to remove diseased tissue and close up the pockets around teeth. Gum grafts may also be needed to replace the diseased gum tissue.
Don't let periodontal disease ruin your smile! Call Jacksonville, NC, dentist Dr. Jose Arauz at (910) 577-1315 to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Arauz received his first dental degree (Doctor in Dental Surgery, D.D.S.) from the University of Panama in Panama City, Panama in 1997 and then his second dental degree (Doctor in Dental Medicine, D.M.D.) from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 2004. He completed his specialty degree in Periodontology at the University of Rochester’s world-renowned Eastman Dental Center in New York in 2002, and completed a two-year residency in advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) and general practice residency (GPR) as well. While at Case Western Reserve University, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and he taught to residents and dental students for five years. He was also Clinic Director of the residency in Periodontics, and directed courses in Implantology, Sedation, and Surgical Periodontics. Additionally, Dr. Arauz was a staff periodontist and consultant in periodontology and dental implants at the Department of Dentistry of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, and practiced periodontics and dental implantology in private offices located in Westlake, Lyndhurst and Mentor, Ohio. Dr. Arauz is a Board Certified periodontist, Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology, and an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American Board of Periodontology. The dental practice of Dr. Jose Arauz is limited to Periodontics, Implants, and Oral Medicine. He is fluent and proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese.