Periodontitis is a bacterially induced infection that destroys the bone and other tissues that support the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease will ultimately lead to tooth loss. The disease has been called “pyorrhea” in the past as well as “gum disease.” According to the National Institute of Health, the number one cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults is periodontitis. It is estimated that 90% of the U.S. population is affected by some form of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is often referred to as the “silent disease” because more often than not, signs and symptoms of the disease may not become evident until its too late. Some of the symptoms may include:
- Gums that bleed even occasionally
- Spaces developing between your teeth
- Gums that feel swollen or tender
- Gums that pull away or recede from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Puss between your teeth and gums
- Pain in your mouth or loose teeth
- A change in your bite or the way your teeth close together
- Sores or swellings in your mouth
To provide you with a better understanding of periodontics, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to periodontics are discussed.
The lack of symptoms is one of the reasons so many people have undiagnosed periodontitis. We have seen numerous cases of severe bone loss that exhibited no signs of inflammation and where no pain was present for the patient. Don’t let periodontal disease take away your smile and function. If you have any of the symptoms, please seek the treatment you need and help save your natural teeth. Call us for an evaluation today!