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What Happens If You Do Not Treat Periodontitis?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Dr. Gopin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethPeriodontitis is an infection that impacts the gums and the soft tissues around the teeth. Without prompt treatment, periodontal disease can spread to the jawbone, resulting in oral complications and other health issues. Scheduling periodontal therapy can help prevent the condition from escalating. A periodontist can recommend various treatments to address these concerns.

Causes and Symptoms of Periodontitis

Poor dental care is the primary cause of periodontitis. If you do not maintain a proper oral routine, your teeth and gums will develop plaque and tartar. Failure to brush the tartar away will result in gingivitis and eventually progress to advanced periodontitis. Symptoms range from inflammation and bleeding to redness and tenderness. You might also develop bad breath or experience discomfort when chewing.

Consequences of Untreated Periodontitis

Untreated periodontitis can have severe and irreversible consequences. As the infection progresses, periodontitis can destroy the jawbones, resulting in bone loss. It can cause the teeth to lose structural support, increasing the likelihood of tooth loss.

In severe cases, periodontal disease can transmit bacteria into your bloodstream, resulting in health complications such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Healthcare experts link conditions like obesity, rectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease to untreated periodontitis. Pregnant mothers can also develop health issues as a result of gum disease.

Treatment Options for Periodontitis

While periodontitis is treatable and manageable, the infection is irreversible. A periodontist can help you manage the condition through various treatments. Prompt and proper treatment can prevent the disease from escalating and causing oral damage.

Periodontal treatments can be surgical or non-surgical. Patients must undergo several tests to determine the appropriate treatment. Common non-invasive solutions include root planing, scaling, and dental cleaning. You may also apply topical antibiotics to help control bacterial growth along the gums. Maintaining proper dental care, including brushing and flossing, can also help treat and minimize the impact of periodontitis. Surgical options include bone grafting, pocket reduction, and tissue regeneration.

Contact Our Practice Today

Seeking early treatment can reduce the impact of periodontal disease. We provide various treatment options for periodontitis. Contact us today to book an appointment with our dental practitioners.

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