Left untreated, gingivitis can escalate into periodontitis - although there are other factors that can contribute to the disease, including smoking, genetic tendencies and unchecked diabetes. Periodontitis symptoms include those of gingivitis, as well as a metallic taste in the mouth, receding gums, enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth, severe halitosis (bad breath) and even loose teeth (from loss of bone).
To rid your mouth of periodontitis, we remove the buildup of bacterial plaque through scraping or sonic vibration. This initial treatment is called root planing Alternatively, small wafers treated with antibiotic solutions can be placed between the teeth and gums, which also help to reduce plaque and combat the disease. For more information on periodontics or the schedule an appointment call Dr. Robert Petrtyl today.