Periodontitis is one of the most devastating oral diseases. It is an infection of the gums and the bone structure surrounding the teeth, usually caused due to the microbes present in the mouth. Periodontitis often starts as a mild inflammation of the gums combined with bleeding and redness. In this stage, it is called gingivitis. But, if it isn’t treated at the right time, it can advance to the more severe form and upset your entire oral health.
What causes periodontitis?
Periodontitis is mostly caused due to tartar deposits adhered to the teeth and teeth roots. The microbes release harmful acids and toxins that destroy the gum and bone tissue.
External trauma to the mouth may injure the gums by causing cuts and bruises. Bacteria in the mouth could enter the tissues through these openings and cause an infection.
What are the symptoms of gum diseases?
- Bleeding gums
- Discharge of pus from the gums
- Pain and discomfort while biting and chewing food, brushing the teeth, etc.
- Receding of gums and decay of tissues
- Deeper gum pockets that promote the accumulation of microbes and food debris
- Loosening of the teeth from their sockets
How is periodontitis treated?
The dentist will thoroughly examine the condition and draw out a suitable treatment plan. The decayed tissues will be removed using a high-intensity laser. The laser instantly vaporizes the tissues and seals the wound underneath, which eliminates the chances of bleeding. If the gums have receded dangerously low or if their volume is less, a gum graft may be suggested. Here, the dentist extracts tissues from a healthy part of the mouth and grafts it to the receded area. Further, we will recommend suitable medication in the form of oral pills or surface applicants to heal the infected tissues.
Check out Dr. Ziadat’s published article in the Pinal Central on Periodontal disease: https://www.pinalcentral.com/trivalley_dispatch/health_and_wellness/ziadat-you-can-lose-teeth-without-cavities/article_a7f2f924-85e1-52d1-8d68-501a756be619.html
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