Like your teeth, your gums need regular care and maintenance to stay healthy. When you have your teeth cleaned, Dr. Minniti and your Dental Hygienist will look closely to determine if your gums have been affected by oral bacteria or infection associated with periodontal (gum) disease.
Causes of Tooth Loss
Periodontal disease is progressive in nature; early signs include bleeding, red or swollen gums or a bad taste in the mouth. The bacteria connected to periodontal disease will continue their destructive path and eventually destroy gum tissue and underlying bone. Left untreated, teeth can become loose and fall out altogether.
Causes of Periodontitis
Common signs of moderate to advanced periodontal disease include:
- Gum recession or teeth that look “longer”
- A change in the way partial dentures fit
- Loose teeth and gaps between the gums and teeth
- A change in the way teeth come together when biting
- Visible gum inflammation, tissue redness or infection
A deep cleaning is recommended to treat the infections and clean the root surfaces, to help restore healthy gums.
When bone loss occurs, periodontal surgery or grafting procedures may be needed to replace bone or soft tissue.
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