Understanding Periodontitis

Periodontitis is frequently the result of a prolonged, untreated periodontal condition similar to gingivitis -just that periodontitis includes a profound influence on the teeth, which makes them loose detaching from the socket at a very visible pace.  Periodontitis is the inflammation of the periodontium: the cells, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone which surround the teeth, which contributes to the infectious and rather painless (initially ) destruction of the periodontium.  If left untreated the intensity of the harm might cause medical complications such as renal failure, myocardial infection, atherosclerosis, stroke and complications that are bigger for people that suffer from cancer or diabetes.

There are two varieties of periodontitis, chronic and aggressive.

Chronic periodontitis is credited to rapid tooth loss in adults.  Fluctuating sugar levels or poor control trigger the early and unprecedented start of periodontitis in adults.  In turn, periodontitis interrupts the body’s control, making it more challenging for an individual to reside in a controlled way of life or to recuperate from diabetes.  Periodontitis can be used to detect cancer cell formation and diabetes.  The majority of people who’ve been treated using their periodontal disease are exposed which makes it much easier to narrow down the patient’s medical condition.

Chronic Periodontitis Is Simpler to treat and maintain Aggressive Periodontitis.  You will find four Measures to disinfect and rehabilitate the damaged periodontium, namely:

1.  Full mouth disinfection which uses scaling and root planning to a degree in which all of the collected plaque of the teeth and gum line are complete eradicated and the debridement of the pocket to prevent any spread of bacteria to the healthy periodontium.

2.  Open flap debridement is an effective and more sophisticated strategy, whereas surgical intervention gives way to clean pocket regions in which periodontitis has burst.

3.  Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is considerably more powerful than open flap debridement and is very expensive, however, the benefits will outweigh the costs, particularly in acute cases of periodontitis.  The accelerated regenerative growth of gingival tissue and the bone onto the patient’s mouth will compensate for the badly degenerated gum tissue that has been depleted by the periodontal disease.  When they have been inserted to replace the lost/fallen teeth, GTR will pave the way.

4.  Enamel matrix derivative (EMD) is the same as GTR concerning price and efficacy, although the difference lies in EMD’s ability to reduce pocket depth.

Aggressive Periodontitis is much like Chronic Periodontitis in some ways, however, the former is evidenced by accelerated bone destruction and tooth attachment.  A person that is younger effects and utilizes the very same remedies mentioned above, only with a higher chance of using extensive surgical debridement paired with strong antibiotics.

To sum up, dentists/periodontists at RV Dental commence the cleaning process by scrape off the plaque and calculus accumulated on the tooth of their teeth and below the gum line.  Appointments can follow as some cases of periodontitis require climbing and debridement to get rid of the plaque and tartar that have stuck.  By using antibiotics the process gets more easy.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

During the first stages, periodontitis is asymptomatic.  Signs of disease during this period may resemble those of gingivitis (bleeding, red gums, and bad breath).  As the disease progresses, symptoms may contain [ii]:

Loosening of tooth 

Teeth which ache when subjected to temperature changes

Sore, swollen gums that bleed easily

Infection when touching the gums or teeth

Shiny, bright red, or reddish-purple gums

Bad breath that does not go away after brushing and flossing

If left untreated, symptoms of periodontitis will worsen as time passes.

Causes of Periodontitis

Periodontitis results from the formation of plaque on the teeth.  With the years, the plaque hardens and turns into calculus (tartar) which cannot be eliminated by brushing and flossing.  Compounds that live within the plaque and calculus infect the teeth.  Now, the disorder is termed as gingivitis (” disease of the gums”).  But if the plaque and calculus stay on the teeth of a vulnerable person, the disease progresses and becomes periodontitis “disease around the tooth”.

Certain plaque bacteria create toxins that erode the bone.  It is followed by the gum tissues and pockets form between the teeth and gums, as the bone erodes.  These bacteria also enter the blood.

Hormones can also play a part in the progression of this periodontitis, particularly in pregnant women.  Medical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, have been demonstrated to play roles that were contributing to periodontal disease.

Factors that may increase one’s risk of developing periodontitis contain:

Poor dental hygiene


Weak immune system due to disease or drugs

Poor nutrition (read more about nutrition and a healthy mouth)

Family history of gum disease and/or periodontitis

Tongue or lip piercing

Diagnosing Periodontitis

If you are having symptoms of periodontitis, then you need to contact your dentist to get a check-up.  Your dentist will ask you questions associated with symptoms and a family’s medical history.  An oral examination of supporting bones, gums, and your teeth will take place.  During this exam, your dentist will assess the depth of the pockets in the gums.  X-rays will be required to test for bone loss.

Periodontitis Remedy 

Unlike gingivitis, which usually can be removed by good oral hygiene and specialist cleaning, periodontitis may need repeat visits to the dentist.  Flossing and brushing just clean 1-3 millimeters under the gum and periodontal pockets are 4-10 millimeters.  Therefore, when deep pockets are present, deeper cleaning is essential.  This therapy is called scaling and root planing and eliminates calculus and plaque below the gumline and primes the root for reattachment of the gums.  It extends further beneath the gum line and is comparable to cleaning, but is much more meticulous.  Because of this, local anesthetic may be given to numb the gums.

You should be assessed by your dentist or periodontist 4-6 weeks after the heavy cleaning to inspect the healing of the teeth.  Surgery is suggested if there are then 5 millimeters.  Typically, open flap surgery is the process when necessary, correcting and involves surgically accessing the tooth below the gum line, thoroughly cleansing the teeth, and used.  This may or may not include the placement of bone graft material.  Sutures will be used to hold the gum tissue while it heals.  Immediately after operation mouth rinse is used as a temporary replacement for flossing and cleaning.

Infection may be prescribed along with scaling and root planing or gum disease, especially if an abscess is present.  In some cases, antibiotic-impregnated substances, like filament or gel, are inserted into the gum pockets.  You may be prescribed a low-dose antibiotic to be taken over a few months.

After the first treatment (i.e. deep cleaning and/or surgery), you’ll be placed on periodontal maintenance.  This means getting your teeth mouth and cleaned analyzed every 3-4 months.  Then, somebody who has never had the disease, closer observation is required by you due to your risk for periodontal breakdown.

Complications of Periodontitis

If left untreated, periodontitis will progress.  Complications include[iv]:

Tooth loss

Tooth motion 

An abscess (infection) of:

Gum or breast tissue

Soft tissue (facial cellulitis)

Deep jawbone (osteomyelitis)