Periodontitis

Pyorrhea - gum disease; Inflammation of gums - involving bone

Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth.

Gingivitis

Inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. Bacteria in plaque around the teeth release enzymes (collagenases) that can damage and erode the gum tissues. The infected gums swell, bleed easily, recede, and loosen from the teeth. Tooth loss is caused more frequently by gum disease than tooth decay.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque and bacteria accumulation.

Tooth anatomy

The appearance of normal teeth varies, especially the molars. Abnormally shaped teeth can result from many different conditions. Specific diseases can have a profound effect on tooth shape, tooth color, time of appearance, or absence of teeth.

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When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention