Periodontitis is inflammation of the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth that can build up and cause infection. If the infection is not treated, it can cause the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth to be destroyed. If periodontitis is left untreated, the decaying tissue can cause bleeding and bad breath; it can even lead to tooth loss. This can cause chewing to become uncomfortable, and it may result in shifting of your remaining teeth.
Early intervention and proper treatment are the keys to saving your natural teeth. Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the disease. Deep cleaning (also called periodontal therapy) can remove pockets of bacteria and allow the affected area to heal. Medication and surgical procedures might also be considered when treating periodontitis. Antibiotics can be used to treat and stop the infection that causes periodontitis, preventing further inflammation from occurring. Surgical treatments can vary greatly depending on the individual patient and the nature of their condition.
Periodontists are specialists in gum disease. Our team works closely with a periodontist, and we have had great success helping our patients who suffer from periodontitis. If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, we will work with you and help you find the best solution to fight and treat the disease so you can have a healthy smile for years to come.