Fight the infection before it gets worse
Gum disease– also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis-is an infection that can harm the gums and bone that support your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease may lead to more serious problems that may require painful and expensive surgery.
How gum disease can progress without treatment:
Gum become infected- there maybe redness, swelling, or bleeding
Pockets form between teeth and gums-Bacteria begin to damage supporting structures around the teeth.
Pockets deepen and infection spreads-progressive damage may lead to shifting and loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss.
What pocket depth means:
Over time, pockets that get deeper may mean gum disease is getting worse. Pockets that become less deep can indicate that treatment is working and your gums are healing. A pocket of 4mm or more in depth may mean you have an infection.