Periodontal disease complications – horizontal bone loss

What is a periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease complications are a quite common problem of untreated gums disease. Periodontal disease is a gum disease which can severely damage the gums as well as the teeth. If the periodontal disease is not treated at the right time, it can lead to tooth loss or in the worst case scenario, loss of bone in the jaw. Initially, the gums become inflamed. When treatment is not initiated immediately, the gums become affected with the periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has numerous complications, tooth loss is among these complications.

How periodontal disease damage your jaw bone?

Periodontal disease allows the gums to pull away from the teeth. This easily lets the bacteria target the roots of the teeth. With the passage of time, due to no or improper treatment, the roots of the teeth become weakened and do not stay as strongly fixed in the bone of the jaw as they should be. Eventually, tooth loss is the consequence.

How to prevent periodontal disease?

As a natural process, bacteria exist in the oral cavity of every person. Regular cleaning of the oral cavity is essential to get rid of these bacteria. Failure to keep the teeth and gums completely clean gives the bacteria the chance to produce plaque. Appropriate steps can be taken to get rid of the plaque on the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, then this turns into tartar. Without treatment, periodontal disease and tooth loss would be the result.