Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. The disease is the late stage progression of gum inflammation or gingivitis caused by bacteria and plaque growth along the gum line. The difference is that with periodontal disease, pockets have already formed between the gums and teeth. These pockets collect bacteria and may become infected. The bacteria and inflammation further break down the gums and the teeth until the gums are no longer sufficient to anchor a tooth and it falls out. Many people in Corning or elsewhere in the U.S. have periodontal disease or gingivitis in different stages. It can affect those who are in otherwise good health, and it is often painless even at advanced stages.
The good news is that gingivitis and even advanced stages of periodontal disease are treatable. An experienced Corning, NY dentist can diagnose and treat the disease.