When you have periodontal disease and don’t seek care to manage it, this could lead to a later stage known as periodontitis. At this stage, painful symptoms grow more severe, and you risk losing your teeth! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how we can treat and manage periodontitis to prevent tooth loss.
Gum disease develops when inflammation, known as gingivitis, isn’t treated in a timely manner. Inflammation could be caused by a number of factors, such as poor oral hygiene that causes plaque buildup, or the use of certain medications. The presence of inflammatory illnesses and a family history of periodontal issues is also a possible factor. The initial warning signs include sores and redness in the gums, and bleeding that occurs when you brush and floss. Without treatment at this stage, the inflammation will grow more severe and the gums will pull away from the teeth, forming pockets for bacteria to enter and leading to periodontal disease. Lack of treatment to manage the disease enables the advanced stage to form, and the tissues connecting the teeth and gums will sever, causing adult tooth loss.
This is the number one cause of tooth loss. Once you begin to lose your teeth, this upsets your bite balance and strains your jaw joints so you could also suffer from painful disorders like TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding). Tooth loss also alters how you eat and speak, and could make you feel embarrassed of your smile. As the body suspends the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone around missing teeth, the jawbone itself loses mass and density, a complication linked to further tooth loss and even a prematurely aged appearance.
To treat this stage, we could recommend pocket reduction surgery or gum grafting, which allows us to remove diseased tissues and reduce the depth of periodontal pockets. Healthy tissues then adhere to the teeth once again. At this stage, regular cleanings and periodontal maintenance could be recommended to help manage the disease and keep the later stages at bay, so you enjoy a complete smile and avoid uncomfortable symptoms. Don’t let this common disease, which impacts half of adults over 30 according to the Centers for Disease Control, lead to missing teeth and worsening oral health. Talk to our team today! We’re happy to answer your questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit for an exam and consultation.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Treating Periodontitis
Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy and whole smile with periodontal treatment. If you would like to learn more about boosting overall oral health, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867. A healthy and whole is possible!