The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it results form a buildup of plaque along and under the gum line. Many adults develop gingivitis in their 30s and 40s, and while most cases are not severe, it can develop into more serious gum disease called periodontitis.
Gum disease is initially painless, but it can cause problems such as loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. The best way to prevent gum disease is to adhere to a good daily brushing and flossing routine and maintain regular visits to your dentist for thorough cleanings and checkups.
is the dental specialty that focuses exclusively on diseases of the gums, and periodontists work to diagnose and treat this disease before it severely damages the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth.
Your Dental Associates periodontist will work with you to develop the best treatment for your individual case. Treatments options include cleaning the infected root surfaces, removing the damaged tissue and performing regenerative procedures.