Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. Early gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This leaves deep pockets where plaque and bacteria can build up. Periodontitis can progress until the bones that support the teeth are damaged. Teeth may get loose and fall out or need to be removed.
Current as of: July 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry