Because gum disease generally causes no pain, sufferers may go months or even years without gum treatment. However, if you suspect that you have gum disease, it is important to consult a Denver dentist, as early treatment can stop gum disease in its earliest stages.
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, may be difficult to detect. For many people, the only warning signs of early stage gum disease are tenderness, redness, or occasional bleeding. With laser gum treatment, a dentist can address early stage gum disease and reverse it before it causes permanent damage. Once gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the gum tissues that hold teeth in place may suffer irreversible recession. As a result, the gums can no longer protect and stabilize the teeth. If the teeth begin to move, or if tooth loss occurs, advanced periodontitis has likely set in.