Periodontitis usually begins as gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gums and other areas of the mouth that support the teeth. It is caused by bacteria on your teeth at gum level and can result in infection and substances that damage your jaw bone and the ligament surrounding your teeth. If not treated, this may result in loose teeth or loss of teeth.
The disease is not normally painful and is more common in older adults, in particular those that smoke or who have diabetes.
Treatment for periodontitis is normally carried out by a dental hygienist or by a periodontist. During your course of treatment, our periodontal team will thoroughly clean the pockets around your teeth with the aim to prevent any damage to your teeth that is caused by bacteria build up in the teeth pockets. They will also work with you to show you the necessary steps that must be taken to maintain excellent oral hygiene.