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Persistent inflammation ends up creating spaces between the teeth and gums where bacteria multiply. Periodontitis, a deep infection of the gums, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Fortunately, early intervention can prevent tooth loss. The first phase of the treatment is an in-depth dental cleaning, sometimes combined with antibiotic therapy. In cases of severe periodontitis, when pockets of more than 5mm form between your gums and teeth, surgery will be necessary.