When teeth become loose

Why do I have periodontitis?

Our mouth is full of bacteria and our teeth are constantly covered with bacteria in a so-called plaque, a sticky, colourless coating. Brushing and flossing helps to get rid of oral bacteria.

Unremoved plaque becomes harmful for your teeth. The gums surrounding your teeth and the spaces in-between become infected, which leads to bone resportion (periodontitis).

If you don't treat periodontitis, your teeth may become loose due to the degradation of the bone surrounding your teeth. Depending on the degree of the infection (periodontitis) teeth might have to be removed.

 

How can periodontits be treated?

Periodontitis can be treated by a non-surgical approach. However, a tooth with an advanced degree of periodontitis may need to be extracted and in most cases, a surgical approach based on bone regeneration procedures might be adventageous to retain your tooth.

Your dentist will advise you on a suitable surgical approach individually adapted for you.

 

The information in this website is solely provided for information purposes. Such information is not meant to be a substitute for advice provided by a dentist.

 

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Verena Vermeulen
Scientific Communication Manager