Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that affects the gum tissues and underlying jawbone. If left untreated, it causes the wearing of the structures that support the teeth and, over time, will cause the loss of teeth. Here is a brief overview of periodontitis and how it affects your oral health:
What is Periodontitis?
It is a severe infection of your gums. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of this condition. If you don't brush and adequately floss your teeth, bacteria will accumulate in the gums and teeth. As the disease progresses, it will damage the teeth and bones. The condition is progressive and starts with gingivitis and, over time, will advance to advanced periodontal disease. Some symptoms include bad breath, loose teeth, receding gums, swollen gums, tender gums, and tooth loss. Early treatment will give a better outcome.
How Does Peridontitis Cause Loss of Teeth?
In the later stages of this disease, connective tissues that support your teeth in the natural position start to deteriorate. The process destroys tissues, bones, and gums that offer support to your teeth. If you are proactive in seeking treatment, your teeth will stay on. However, if you ignore your teeth will start to fall off.
Treatment Option for Lost Teeth
If you have periodontitis, a dentist will treat the condition before offering alternatives to teeth replacement. Advanced gum disease can be treated through professional dental cleaning, antibiotics, and surgery. The best treatment method for lost teeth is implants, bridges, crowns, and dentures. Remember that your teeth are created to work collaboratively. If you have one or more teeth that are missing, it will impact your eating and speech. It can also affect the shape of your face. It is essential to seek immediate treatment if you have any missing teeth. Visit your dentist, who will recommend the best restorative treatment as soon as possible.
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