Progression to Periodontitis
If left untreated, however, gingivitis can progress to the stage of periodontitis – the effects of which are irreversible. At this point, harmful oral bacteria and their toxins have begun to cause damage to the structures that support the teeth, including the periodontal ligament and bone tissue. Further lack of treatment allows the progressive infection to advance into deeper layers of bone, and often results in tooth mobility and tooth loss. Advanced periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
To address the condition of periodontitis, Dr. Nazanin Narani can often employ a non-surgical technique known as scaling and root planing. This procedure is far more than a general prophylaxis, or cleaning, and is designed to eliminate bacterial, plaque and tartar accumulation beneath the gum line.