Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and flossing, gums become irritated and inflamed (gingivitis). The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed (periodontitis), resulting in the premature loss of teeth.
We carefully and regularly monitor the health of these tissues, recommending the appropriate level of treatment, including antibiotic rinses, improved home care or a spectrum of surgical treatments.
More specialized care is available, as we work closely with several excellent, talented and sensitive periodontists.