Infection can spread lower, forming pockets
Without treatment, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets of diseased tissue. This allows bacteria to spread to the roots of the teeth, which can make pockets even deeper. Over time, the bones, gums, and connective tissue that support the teeth can be permanently damaged. Eventually, unsupported teeth can become loose and have to be removed.
Gum disease does not have to get that far. With timely treatment, you and your dental professional can target infection, which may allow your gums to heal, get stronger, and hold your teeth more securely.