Solutions for Periodontitis
When your gingivitis has gotten out of control, whether through poor dental hygiene or as the result of complications from other medical conditions, periodontitis can set in. Periodontitis is an advanced infection of the gums that is severe and can result in the destruction of the supporting bone and soft tissue surrounding your teeth. While largely preventable in most cases, periodontitis can lead to permanent damage to the oral tissues.
What Symptoms Indicate The Presence of Periodontitis?
When periodontitis sets in it will be evident through the appearance of related symptoms like tender and bleeding gums. In addition to this basic symptom you may also notice new spaces forming between your teeth, persistent halitosis (bad breath), teeth that have become loose, pain while chewing, and even a change in the way your teeth fit together.
How many types of Periodontitis are there?
The most common type of periodontitis is chronic periodontitis, and is caused by poor oral hygiene and the resulting buildup in plaque. The bacteria present in this plaque builds tartar and slowly contributes to the destruction of gums and teeth and their ultimate loss if left unchecked. Thankfully a return to proper dental hygiene can typically halt the advance of this condition. Other, less common, examples include aggressive periodontitis and necrotizing periodontal disease, occurring in a small percentage of patients or those who are experiencing conditions that lead to suppression of the immune system.
What Can Be Done About Periodontitis?
There are a number of treatments available dependent on the severity of your condition. Treatments include non-surgical approaches including scaling to remove bacteria and tartar from affected areas, root planing to discourage the growth of these agents through smoothing the surface of pitting roots, and antibiotics to aid in fighting the infection. Surgical treatments range from surgery to reduce physical symptoms to more intensive work including grafts and guided regeneration of tissue.
The most effective way of fighting periodontitis, of course, is never to contract it. Diligent application of oral hygiene techniques like brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash combined with a steady regimen of dental check-ups with your physician can make periodontitis a condition you’ll never have to face. Whether you’re working to ensure you never face periodontitis or are concerned it may be with you already, make sure you have a qualified dentist on your side to aid you in the battle ahead.
Dr. Jacob Laudie and his team of dental professionals have been helping patients in the Lees Summit, MO area with their battle against gum diseases like periodontitis. Their offices can be found at 622 SW 3rd St. Suite M, or they can be contacted through the number found on their website. Make an appointment for a consultation today and protect yourself and your family from the effects of periodontitis.