“The most common cause of losing teeth is not caries/cavities but the silent killer called periodontitis [gum disease],” says Dr Grkikian of Y2K Dentisty in Sherman Oaks. “This is an inflammatory disease affecting the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It involves progressive loss of the bone around the teeth; if left untreated, it can lead to loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.” According to Dr Grkikian, while plaque builds up on teeth allowing bacteria to develop, calculus (calcified plaque) allows the bacteria to flourish with more plaque build-up, leading to inflammation of the gums called gingivitis.
This makes the gums appear swollen and red in colour, and usually causes bleeding of the gums while brushing or eating (especially fruits). Over a long period of time, gums detach from the surface of the teeth, causing what are commonly called pockets. This permits greater food accumulation, calcification, bad breath and eventually develops into periodontitis or gum disease.
In severe periodontitis, flap surgery (periodontal surgery) is advised. This procedure removes the source of infection (calculus and necrosed bone tissue) and covers an area of exposed tooth root surface with grafted tissue. Covering exposed root decreases or eliminates sensitivity, decreases susceptibility to root caries, and improves aesthetics by reducing mobility of teeth.
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