Periodontal diseases take on many different looks but it is a disease that attacks the gums and bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that can damage the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Periodontists are dental professionals who specialize in treating periodontal disease.
Periodontics, is the area of dentistry which analyses the supporting structures of the teeth and diseases and the conditions that affect the teeth.
The supporting tissues of the teeth are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva or gums, alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament.
A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in identifying surgical & non-surgical treatment of diseases & conditions of the periodontium. Periodontists are professionals in the management of patients with periodontal diseases, which include all forms of gingivitis, periodontitis & gingival recession gum recession.
Periodontal diseases take on many different forms, but it is various mixed bacterial infections that distress the soft tissues and bones supporting the teeth, which leads to the destruction of the supporting bone around your teeth.Untreated, this disease leads to alveolar bone loss and tooth loss, and continues to be the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Causes of Periodontal Gun Disease
Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that attaches to teeth and gums. Even if you thoroughly clean between your teeth every day, it is difficult to fully remove plaque, particularly around the gum line. Plaque has bacteria in it that creates toxins that damage the gums and underlying bone. Eventually, these toxins can destroy gum and bone tissue.
Warning Signs Of Periodontal Disease
If you seem to have any of the following signs, you may be developing gum disease. Please contact our one of our 4 offices today.
- - Bleeding around your gums when you brush
- - Loose teeth
- - Swollen, red or tender gums
- - Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- - Gums that separated from your teeth or gabs between teeth and gums
- - Pus in between your teeth and gums when your press on the gums
- - A change in how your teeth fit together when you bite down
- - Changes in the fit of partial dentures
It is also possible that you may not have these types of symptoms and still have gum disease. Additionally, most people don’t feel pain or discomfort with this disease. This is why you should have regular checkups at least once a year.