Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease which affects the gum tissue and underlying bone. As the disease progresses, the bone which anchors your teeth into your jaw is lost. This makes the teeth loose, and if left untreated, the teeth can fall out. There is also increasing evidence of this condition’s link to a range of medical conditions including heart disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Symptoms can include swollen, sore or red gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, loose or separating teeth, gums which are receding away from the teeth and a change in the way your teeth bite together. However, these symptoms vary from person to person, and not everyone notices them, especially at the first stages of disease progression. This is one of the main reasons why it is so important for you to visit us for regular check-up examinations.
If you do suffer from periodontitis, we are able to treat you directly at Orchard Dental Practice without the need to refer you elsewhere.