Periodontitis is a disease of the gums, ligaments and bone structure which hold the teeth in place. Damage to this structure can cause you to lose your teeth. Periodontitis can be present without you being aware of it.
If plaque is not thoroughly removed and is allowed to remain around and under the gum-line, it will harden and become impossible for you to remove with normal brushing or flossing. As a result the bone and ligaments supporting the teeth become infected and damaged, and are eaten away by the periodontal disease process. Bone and ligaments will not grow back once lost but treatment of periodontitis can halt the disease process and prevent the situation from deteriorating.
After a thorough assessment of your gums a treatment plan will be proposed specifically for your type of gum disease.
The key factor in the success of any periodontal treatment is your ability and effort to remove the daily build up of new, soft plaque from all tooth surfaces. You are very important to the success of treatment and it is important that you understand fully what is going on before treatment is commenced. Please feel free to ask questions if you have any concerns. Periodontal treatment aims to remove irritants (plaque, bacteria, calculus) from around the tooth and under the gum-line
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.