Gum disease is a serious oral illness that tends to become aggressive rather quickly, which is why the proper treatment must begin as soon as the first indicators of gum disease surface. If not, the consequences can wreak havoc upon your overall and oral health.
Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist explains the dangers of untreated gum disease with his patients.
Consequences of Untreated Gum Disease
- Chronic periodontitis. This is the second stage of gum disease, if gingivitis is left untreated. With chronic periodontitis, patients experience gingivitis-like symptoms, alongside other issues, such as: pus forming below the gum line and gum recession.
Additionally, periodontal pockets deepen and teeth begin to shift and feel loose.
- Aggressive periodontitis. After chronic periodontitis, gum disease advances to a third stage called, aggressive periodontitis. With aggressive periodontitis patients experience the same symptoms associated with chronic periodontitis; however, the developments worsen much quicker.
- Tooth and bone loss. If for whatever reason, a patient ignores both chronic and aggressive periodontitis permanent effects do occur. The disease goes beyond the gum line and to the jaw bone to weaken your oral structure. Without a healthy gum line or a sound jaw bone structure, tooth roots begin to dislodge and patients endure tooth loss. In these severe cases, your Lake Forest, IL dentist must perform surgical procedures in order to restore the strength and an integrity to your jaw bone and gums.
- Overall health endangerment. While gum disease does affect the mouth, your body can suffer, too. In fact, patients with untreated cases of gum disease, become more susceptible to heart disease, stoke, and even Alzheimer’s. Therefore, dentists highly advise making an appointment when oral ailments like gum disease arise.
For Gum Disease Treatment, Visit Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you display signs of gum disease, take care to visit Dr. Fondriest as soon as possible. With the proper treatment, you can avoid lifelong dental issues. To schedule an appointment with our Lake Forest, IL dental practice, call us at (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from Chicago and surrounding cities.