This is gum disease that affects the bone and the supporting tissues. Unchecked, it will certainly lead to teeth loss.
Signs and Symptoms
1 Tooth mobility of varying degrees
2 Tooth elongation and inclination such as tilting
3 Gum recession( as bone resorbs due to inflammation and gum level follows bone level)
4 Gum pocketing- a calibrated probe can show a channel or trough between tooth and root surface. The deeper the pocket, the poorer the prognosis.
5 Bad Breath- often due to putrefaction (decomposition) in the deep recesses of the gums.
6 Tooth Sensitivity- This is related to the gum recession as roots with nerve endings are exposed.
7 Tenderness to biting and percussion with the dental instrument during check up
8 Abscess- In severe periodontitis, pus is formed and may or may not discharge through the gums
9 Pain, swelling and bleeding of different degrees .......may be painless
Periodontitis is a silent disease