Periodontitis Also Triggers Bone Loss
Periodontal disease is one of the most concerning dental conditions that dentists treat because it can lead to a wide array of dental and general health issues. One common problem that patients with periodontitis have is bone loss—the bone tissue in the patient’s jaw degrades and becomes weakened by bad bacteria. If this process continues, the patient could experience tooth loss. The dentists at Anchorage Dental Arts, in Anchorage, AK, are very familiar with periodontal problems—learn how they treat bone loss caused by this dental disease.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease (also called periodontitis or gum disease) is caused by bad bacterium that infects the gums. Dentists can often diagnose periodontitis fairly quickly because there are clear signs of this disease.
- Bleeding gums (especially when brushing)
- Receding gums
- Very bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Pain when chewing
- Loose or moveable teeth
Experts have determined that the bacterium that causes periodontitis is called NI1060.
Bone Loss Due to Periodontitis As periodontitis advances, the disease gets deeper and deeper beneath the gums. The NI1060 bacterium that causes gum disease triggers a normally healthy protein called Nod1 to turn against the body and attack the bone tissue. This is what puts a patient who has periodontal disease at risk of tooth loss.
Treatments for Bone Loss If you have any symptoms of periodontitis, it’s crucial to see your Anchorage AK dentist as soon as possible to start the process of healing your gums. Advances in periodontal dentistry have allowed many patients to regain good dental health and save their teeth—particularly surgery and bone grafting. Bone grafting is a procedure where the material is implanted during periodontal surgery to help the bone tissue regenerate. A thoroughly cleaning of bad bacteria is also a crucial element of this surgery.
Get Treatment Today If you want to save your teeth and restore your gums to good health, call Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC in Anchorage AK at 907-276-1712 today to start the treatment process. The first step is to have a dentist thoroughly evaluate your gum disease to determine the best course of treatment.