Are the Gums the Only Tissues to Get Damaged if You Have Untreated Gum Disease?
Posted on 11/16/2020 by David Mugford
The anatomy of the tooth is more complicated than it may seem. That is because your teeth are not just anchored in your jaw bone. They also are held in place by thousands of tiny fibers used to connect a tooth's root to the bone in the jaw. Therefore, the gums are not the only tissues that get damaged if gum disease remains untreated. The advanced form of the disease also affects the periodontal ligaments and the jawbone.
Understanding the Progression of Gum Disease and the Resulting Damage
When a patient is going through the early stages of gum disease, their condition, at this point, is called gingivitis. Early gum disease is also referred to as inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis results from an accumulation of a plaque or biofilm build-up, which causes the gums to become inflamed. As the disease progresses, it turns into a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis not only damages the tissues surrounding the teeth, it also harms the periodontal ligaments and bones.
What to Do If You Have Advanced Gum Disease
Because the losses caused by advanced gum disease are pervasive, you need to schedule a root scaling and planing, or deep cleaning of the gums and teeth. It is also important to have your gums and bones checked to see if a procedure, such as a bone graft or gum graft, can assist in restoring the integrity of damaged gums and teeth. However, you first need to make a commitment to treating the pockets that form around the teeth when gum disease has advanced. We not only deep clean the teeth; we also use a probe to measure gum pocket depths. Generally, if the readings are 4mm or more, we will need to plan a course of treatment. While we are treating the disease, we will continue to check pocket depths to ensure against further periodontal damage.
Do you believe that you need to have your gums checked because of gum disease? If so, schedule an appointment with us for a periodontal consultation. If you are in the advanced stages of the disease, you will need to make some lifestyle changes and schedule regular periodontal cleanings and exams. Again, call us to schedule an appointment now.