What is a Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases are inflammatory diseases that affect the parts of the mouth that support a tooth. This includes the gums and bone around the teeth. Once periodontal disease has started, the supporting tissues of the tooth and the function of the gums can be compromised. Initially, the inflammation may be confined only to the gums, but in more advanced disease, the bone that supports the tooth can dissolve away and ultimately the tooth may become so loose, that it falls out, due to the lack of support.