Plainly put periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gingivitis and it can have very serious implications to your long term oral health as well as other medical conditions.
Over time plaque buildup develops into tartar. Once this starts the chances increase that your gum tissue will start to pull back from your teeth. This exposes pockets in your gums that give bacteria access to previous protected gum tissue. Left unchecked this infection can cause system inflammation that stresses your overall immune system. It can also cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw.
While improvements in your oral hygiene regimen will help keep periodontitis from advancing, in most cases it cannot cure it. If you have suffered from periodontitis for a long period of time you might require a special surgery to try to restore some of the gum tissue and structure lost to infection.
In this outpatient procedure your periodontist makes a few small incisions into your gum tissue to perform a deep cleaning of the infected pockets that have formed near the teeth. They then adapt your remaining gum tissue and move it farther up your teeth. This restores some of the protection previously afforded by your gums.
Once healed, you will need to be diligent with your oral hygiene regimen in the future. Regular brushing, and flossing at least twice per day is essential to make sure that you won’t develop gum disease again.
If you have gum disease, receding gums or periodontitis and you are concerned that you might need a procedure to resolve it, please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.