Periodontal disease –also known as gum disease- is common among patients. It is a bacterial infection of the gums that destroys the supporting tissues of the teeth (i.e. gingiva and bone).
There are two forms of periodontal disease:
Gingivitis that affects only the gum tissues and causes bleeding and swelling of the gums. With proper treatment by the dentist gingivitis can be cured and the tissues may return to their healthy state.
Periodontitis is more severe than gingivitis and develops in cases where gingivitis has not been treated. It destroys the bone that holds the teeth in place and appears with bleeding of the gums. It is more destructive than gingivitis and compromises the long-term survival of teeth. Periodontitis can be thoroughly treated by specialists, called periodontists.
Periodontists also can manipulate gum tissues in a way to improve aesthetics. For each of these cases, our experts will be able to provide the best treatment necessary.