Periodontal disease, or commonly known as "gum disease" is a chronic condition caused by bacterial plaque. If left untreated, plaque can calcify, causing inflammation and eventual bone and tooth loss.
Signs & Symptoms: abscesses, pain, bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
Treatment: Periodontal disease is typically treated first with a deep cleaning. A re-evaluation of your condition is completed 4-6 weeks after treatment. Occasionally, additional surgical treatment for periodontal disease may be necessary.