Periodontal disease, also called gum disease or periodontitis, is a condition that derives from bacterial growth in your mouth. It often starts out as gingivitis, or inflammation of your gums caused by plaque buildup. If you catch and address gingivitis early, it may not progress to periodontal disease.
When gingivitis does progress into periodontitis, the inner layer of your gum pulls away from your teeth. This creates pockets which easily gather food particles and bacteria, which can lead to infection. Meanwhile, toxins start breaking down connective tissue and bone that secure your teeth.
As the disease worsens, the pockets grow deeper and more bone and tissue are destroyed. Eventually, the teeth can become loose and fall out. Periodontal disease is the top cause of tooth loss in adults.
The buildup of plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. Other factors that increase your risk include:
Periodontal disease may produce relatively few noticeable symptoms early on, so it's important to see your dentist regularly. Symptoms may include:
Treatment for periodontal disease varies, depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms and your overall wellness. Treatment options may include:
At Carrollton Family Dental, we have partnered with three medical financial groups, each of which can help with certain payment amounts and credit situations.
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