Periodontal disease, also known as “gum disease”, is usually caused by plaque (bacteria and food) buildup on the teeth that is not treated in its early stages. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and is treatable if detected. However, if it is left untreated, it may turn into gum disease; the infection of the supporting structures of the teeth. This is a more permanent condition, and if this is left untreated, it may lead to bone loss and loss of teeth.
At our office, we recommend patient-specific oral hygiene maintenance programs to prevent and control gingivitis and periodontal disease, and thus maintain the health of your mouth. If we find that you have periodontal disease, we do have surgical and non-surgical treatment options, including the option of laser gum therapy which is used in appropriate cases to address your condition.