Periodontitis (advanced gum disease)

Mouth with plaque on teeth and unhealthy gums, with detail of advanced gum disease showing plaque, gums pulled away, and bone loss.

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 there is loss in the bones that support the teeth. Teeth may get loose and fall out or need to be removed.

Current as of: June 30, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

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