Periodontics addresses the supporting structure of the teeth and the diseases that affect them.
What is periodontitis?
The periodontium is the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It includes the gum, the alveolar bone, the ligaments and the cementum. The ligaments absorbs the impact of chewing. The cementum connects the ligaments to the dental root.
Periodontitis is an infection of this periodontium. It slowly destroys the tissues supporting the teeth.
Did you know that 80% of the population of North America presents a risk of gum disease? If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Periodontitis also increases the risk of developing other problems such as heart diseases.
Fortunately, simple treatment can lower the risk of an inflammation of the periodontium. Talk to our dentists today!
Symptoms of periodontitis
- Inflamed, red and bleeding gums
- Food caught between teeth
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to cold
- Bleeding when brushing