Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. It's caused by plaque, which contains bacteria that produce harmful and damaging toxins. These toxins can irritate and inflame the gum tissue, causing sensitivity and potential bleeding. The inflamed gums can pull away from your teeth, creating spaces called pockets that allow the bacteria to fall in.
If this continues and is not treated, then it could potentially lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is often silent and cannot always be detected by the naked eye until it's too late, which is why your Willoughby dentists encourage you to visit our office twice a year, every year!
When periodontal disease is detected, the procedure performed is called scaling and root planing. It's performed over several visits to our office, where we carefully remove plaque and tartar from each pocket that has formed. The root surface of your tooth will be smoothed or planed to remove toxins, allowing the gum tissue to heal surrounding the previously damaged area.
If you think you're suffering from periodontal disease, contact your dentists in Willoughby and we'll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Call our office today at (440) 269-1777.