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Detriment of Living with Untreated Gum Disease

Posted on 12/10/2016 by ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center
Gum Disease Treatment at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant CenterMany people may be surprised to learn that gum disease is a chronic health condition that can affect a patient's overall health and wellbeing. Nearly four out of every five patients will suffer from some form of gum disease in their lifetime. When advanced gum disease goes untreated by a periodontist or dentist, the condition ultimately becomes irreversible.

Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, wreaks chaos on a patient's oral health. As a systemic and chronic infection, the gums begin to recede away from teeth and the infection spreads throughout the mouth. As teeth lose their natural support from gum tissue, bacteria and tartar begin to attack the roots of teeth. The accumulation of tartar along a tooth's roots caused by untreated gum disease is actually the primary cause of tooth loss in adulthood.

As the infection aggressively attacks teeth and soft tissues, it will ultimately spread to bone. Patients with chronic periodontitis may experience bone degeneration, a condition that also contributes to tooth loss.

Some researchers have linked periodontitis to other health conditions that affect the cardiovascular and immune system. Once the infection spreads, it can enter the bloodstream, where some evidence suggests that bacteria-ridden compounds can attach to plaque in the arteries. For patients already suffering with immune system suppression, advanced gum disease can be more difficult to manage.

Your periodontist strongly encourages you to seek treatment as soon as signs of gum disease appear. Common symptoms associated with periodontal disease include:

Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
Feelings of pain and discomfort when the gums are touched
Red and purple looking gum tissue
Pus and sores forming along the gum line
Recession of the gums away from teeth
After an assessment of your oral health and the extent of your gum disease, your periodontist will develop a treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Treatment for periodontal disease often includes deep cleanings that remove tartar above and below the gum line, surgical intervention, and medications to kill bacteria.

To learn more about your treatment options or to schedule an appointment, call ROOT Periodontal & Implant Center at either of our two convenient locations today. Carrollton: (972) 242-7603 or Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050 or Denton: (940) 566-7021
2440 N. Josey Lane,
Suite 202
Carrollton, TX 75006

ph: (972) 242-7603
fax: (972) 242-0925

Flower Mound
651 Cross Timbers Road,
Suite 102
Flower Mound, TX 75028

ph: (972) 434-8050
fax: (972) 434-2043

1601 N. Elm,
Suite B,
Denton, TX 76201

ph: (940) 566-7021
fax: (940) 383-8319
6340 Preston Road,
Suite 100,
Frisco, TX 75034

ph: (972) 242-7603
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