Dentists are always concerned about patients developing periodontal disease. What is periodontal disease? Ottawa dentist, Dr. France Chevalier, explains periodontal disease as a serious condition of the mouth that can result in the loss of teeth, gums, and bone. It can cause irreversible damage to a patient’s smile, making it a devastating condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated early before it begins to cause damage to a patient’s oral structure. Patients should visit their dentist regularly to seek diagnosis as soon as it begins to develop for a better chance of addressing the issue before it causes patients to lose substantial bone, gum tissue, and teeth.
Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis. Gingivitis is noticeable when a patient is brushing or flossing their teeth, and notice that they are bleeding from the gums or are becoming red and inflamed. At this point, patients should schedule an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible for a full evaluation and diagnosis. This will ensure that they catch the condition early for a better chance of reversing or, at least, controlling the disease.
If left untreated, gingivitis will develop into periodontitis. This is the more severe stages of periodontal disease. As this condition progresses, the bone and gum tissue will recede. When this happens, there are pockets that are formed between the gums and the teeth. This is an excellent breeding ground for tartar, plaque, and bacteria. This will also cause the formation of dental cavities and tooth decay, which can greatly affect the patient’s smile. It can result in the need for an extraction, or may cause the natural teeth to fall out due to lack of support from the gums and bone. This is irreversible and the only way to address a patient’s smile after this kind of tooth loss is with the use of restorations.
Patients should be greatly concerned about the development of periodontal disease. Early intervention is the key to preventing it from becoming devastating to a patient’s teeth, bone, and gums. If you are a patient in the Ottawa area that is concerned that you may be developing periodontal disease, or the early stages of gingivitis, call Dr. France Chevalier today to schedule a consultation appointment and full examination for your diagnosis.
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