Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can take on a serious form known as periodontitis, which happens when bacteria attacks the bone and gums around your teeth. When this happens, you have a higher risk of ending up with tooth loss if you leave this condition untreated. Periodontist, Dr. Valentina Mata offers treatment for periodontal disease to patients in West Palm Beach, Florida at the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA.
In the early stages of periodontal disease, you might not realize that you have it. This disease usually doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms until later on, when you’re more at risk of tooth loss. When you do have symptoms of periodontal disease, they might include the following:
You can get a periodontal disease when bacteria build up on and around your teeth, causing deep pockets to form. If you have this treated promptly, your gums go back to normal. If you delay treatment, the bacteria goes deeper into your gum tissue and begins to attack this tissue and the bone surrounding your teeth. This raises your risk of having tooth loss. Keep in mind that these bacteria can also move to other parts of your body and cause additional infections, some of which can be severe.
You can develop a periodontal disease for numerous reasons, including the following:
The kind of treatment you’ll need for periodontal disease depends on how severe it is. Dr. Mata will recommend treatment based on a full examination of your teeth and gums to see how serious your condition is.
Periodontal treatments might include bone grafting or gum grafting to replace bone or gum that has been lost. You might also need pocket reduction surgery to eliminate any deep pockets that have formed. Dr. Mata might recommend scaling and root planing, which are deep cleaning techniques that help reduce your risk of tooth loss from periodontal disease.
If you need treatment for periodontal disease, please contact the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA to make an appointment with Dr. Mata.