Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial gum infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bone that holds your teeth in your mouth. The main cause of the disease is bacterial plaque – a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing is a must to prevent plaque build-up.
Periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in plaque — the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth — causes your gums to become inflamed.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of the disease. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. Usually, there is little or no discomfort. At this stage, gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good home oral care. Your general dentist is capable of treating the early stages of periodontal diseases. Left untreated, mild, moderate and advanced periodontitis can destroy bone and tissue and lead to the loss of teeth.
When the disease progresses and threatens your oral health, many Great Lakes Bay Region dentists turn to the team at Dr. William E. Mason Periodontics & Dental Implants.
If you’ve been referred here, then your dentist knows Dr. William E. Mason and Dr. Monica A. Lamble each had three years of specialty classroom and clinical training. Your dentist recognizes that the additional training enables our doctors to offer advanced periodontal and dental implant treatment.