Nearly one out of eight adults will suffer from a form of periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal or gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Americans today. Gum disease is a serious infection that can also increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and premature/underweight babies. The beginning stages of gum disease (commonly known as gingivitis) are identified by swollen gums that bleed easily and persistent bad breath. Untreated gingivitis can become periodontitis, with plaque spreading and growing below the gum line.
Resulting toxins can destroy the tissues and bone that support the teeth. The gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. If the infection grows and spreads then the tissue around your teeth cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment. The most common types of surgical treatments are Pocket Reduction Procedures, Regenerative Procedures, Crown Lengthening or Soft Tissue Grafts.
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