Periodontal disease is when the gums around your teeth become infected, and periodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on treating these infections. Periodontal disease, or more commonly known as gum disease, is a major concern among health care professionals, as it is a highly common condition, yet most people are unaware that they have it. When you visit Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C., our dentist will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease so you can receive any necessary treatment early on.
Dr. Gloria Stingley has received advanced training to treat your gum disease and help restore your oral health. Periodontics is the dental specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and other conditions that affect the gums and soft tissues of the mouth.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection caused by bacteria in plaque. When plaque builds up on the teeth, the bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues. If this condition is not treated in the early stage, called gingivitis, it can develop into periodontitis, which is the more advanced stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis is characterized by red, tender, bleeding, and swollen gums, while periodontitis typically involves gum recession and can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss. Gingivitis can usually be controlled and even reversed with additional professional cleanings and improved at-home oral care if the condition is diagnosed and treated early; periodontitis, on the other hand, generally requires more involved, frequent treatment.
We are pleased to provide high-quality treatment for gum disease at our office to return your smile to good health.
Treatments we offer:
- Gum Disease Treatment
- Periodontal Maintenance