Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

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If you’ve noticed that your gums are swollen, bleeding, red, or something else that’s unusual in your mouth, you’re probably wondering what in the world is going on. If it seems as though something is wrong with your gums, you might be displaying symptoms of periodontal disease, a condition that is frequently treated by a periodontist. Dr. Kissel, one of New York City’s most sought-after periodontists, has prepared this blog post of the common symptoms of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, to help you learn more about this condition. 

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Most New York City periodontal patients have heard of gingivitis. After all, the term is frequently used in toothpaste and mouthwash commercials. And although gingivitis is common, it’s the first stage of periodontal disease, and it can become much more severe. Typical symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that are red and swollen, instead of a healthy pink color;
  • Gums that bleed at any time, especially after they have been brushed or flossed;
  • Receding gum lines; and
  • Bad breath that just won’t go away, no matter how much mouthwash or how many breath mints you consume.

The good news is that when you notice these symptoms, you see a periodontist right away and practice proper oral hygiene, you can reverse gingivitis on your own. If you ignore the symptoms, though, you can develop periodontitis.

Periodontal Disease Stage 2 – Periodontitis

New York City dental patients who ignore the signs of gingivitis are at a high risk of developing the second stage of periodontal disease, known as periodontitis. With this condition, you’ll need intervention from a periodontist to save your oral health. Symptoms include:

  • Soft tissue loss in your mouth, including the loss of gum tissue;
  • Losing jawbone tissue, a symptom that can only be diagnosed professionally;
  • Gums that are swollen and not just red, but bright red;
  • Gums that hurt when you touch them;
  • Spaces or pockets that develop between your teeth;
  • Pockets between your teeth that are filled with pus;
  • Very bad breath that you can’t get rid of;
  • A bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away;
  • Teeth that are becoming loose or falling out; and
  • Teeth that no longer fit together the way they used to when you close your mouth.

If you’re a New York City resident and you’ve developed the signs mentioned above of periodontitis, you should reach out to Dr. Kissel immediately. Your oral health and smile depend on it! 

Periodontal Disease Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is nothing to mess around with. This serious condition can cause New York City residents to lose a significant amount of jawbone tissue and teeth. Symptoms of advanced periodontitis may include:

  • Chronic bad breath that nothing can eliminate;
  • Gums that are always swollen and seem never to stop bleeding;
  • Receding gums that display the roots of your teeth beneath them;
  • Deep pockets between your teeth, filled with bacteria and pus;
  • Teeth that are misaligned, loose, or are falling out; and
  • Serious jawbone tissue loss, which can only be diagnosed

Finding a Periodontist in New York City

If you are experiencing any of the conditions we’ve described, then you need to see a periodontist immediately.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kissel, call (212) 702-9088.

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