Periodontal disease is an infection of the supporting structures around the teeth. These include the gums, ligaments and jawbones. In its earliest stage, it is called gingivitis and only affects the gums.
Periodontal disease is a multifactorial disease with many causes. It can also be completely painless, meaning that the majority of us may have it and not even know about it!
Importantly, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today. Therefore, it is very important to diagnose it in its earliest stages before it leaves irreversible damage in our mouth.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Periodontal disease is a very complex disease that will often have a number of causes. These include:
The good news is that periodontal disease can be prevented and also treated very effectively. Having a gum cleaning with our hygienist every 6 months along with an effective home care regime is often all one needs to prevent periodontal disease from damaging their mouth.
If periodontal disease is diagnosed, we can refer you to a specialist who focuses only on your gums. This specialist is called a periodontist. At Willeri Dental, we also have a trained dental hygienist who will help you manage your gums in the most appropriate manner.