Many people focus on their teeth when it comes to dental health, but the gums are just as important. Healthy gums help stabilize teeth where they are anchored to the jawbone, and they also serve to keep bacteria from invading the root surface. Our top-rated periodontists have the extensive training and skills to restore damaged gums and rejuvenate a healthy mouth.
Periodontal disease, even in its mildest stages, is nothing to ignore. Your gums are an integral part of your oral health, and keeping them healthy will help you keep tooth decay at bay and greatly increase the likelihood of saving your teeth. There are warning signs that signal gum disease is present, whether it's mild or severe.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, afflicts many people in the U.S. It starts out with a small inflammation to the gums (gingivitis). If it progresses to periodontitis, the symptoms will be much more noticeable, such as red, swollen, and bleeding gums, pain with chewing, gums that are receding, and loose (or lost) teeth.
Gingivitis, or mild gum disease, can usually be treated non-surgically, especially if caught early. The signs generally include red, swollen or tender gums, gums that bleed, bad breath and receding gums.
Periodontal diseases are the number one reason for tooth loss. Bacterial infections may affect the tissues surrounding teeth, leading to bone loss and progressively deeper pocketing. As pockets get deeper, there is a shift to more aggressive forms of bacteria and the situation may worsen.