Periodontal Disease: Vertical Bone Loss
When teeth are not brushed and flossed daily bacteria, plaque and calculus (tartar) build up on the teeth. The bacteria cause inflation and infection. This leads to gum tissue and bone loss. Periodontal Disease is the name for this destructive processes. Once bone loss occurs it is very difficult to impossible to regain the bone. The bone is what holds the tooth in place. Bone loss from Periodontal Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss of people over the age of thirty.