What Is Periodontal/Gum Disease?

When your gums begin to get sore, red, swollen, or begin to bleed or recede, you may be suffering from gum disease. You may also suffer from bad breath or even loose teeth.

When plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed with a professional cleaning. Allowing it to hang around too long causes the bacteria to cause gingivitis, in which you start to experience the above symptoms. Gingivitis is easily treatable – but failing to do so will just make the condition worsen, leading to periodontitis.

Gum Disease Treatments

We offer a variety of treatments to treat gum disease, at all of the stages it may present itself in. These include:

  • Professional dental cleaning: Removal of plaque and tartar from your mouth. For those with gingivitis, this is required twice a year.
  • Scaling and root planing: A more detailed form of cleaning in which plaque and tartar are scraped away from the gums, and the tooth surfaces in your mouth are smoothed out. Antibiotics may be prescribed.

Whatever treatment you receive, you will also receive detailed instructions for caring for your mouth at home and for recovering from the condition.


When is gum surgery necessary?
Gum surgery becomes necessary when the gum tissue around the teeth is too unhealthy to be repaired with nonsurgical treatments.
How can you prevent gum disease?
Routine professional dental cleanings and regular at-home oral hygiene practices that include brushing and rinsing at least twice a day and flossing regularly will help prevent both gingivitis and periodontal disease.
What is a gum graft?
During a gum graft, tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and attached to the affected gum line, allowing more tissue to grow and cover the exposed root surface.
What is a gum or periodontal abscess?
A gum or periodontal abscess occurs when a pocket of pus collects within the gum. It happens when tissue disintegrates as a result of a bacterial infection in the gums or tooth roots and supporting bone.

Gingivitis and gum disease are preventable and treatable. If you are concerned that you might have periodontal disease, call 508.888.4400 to learn more or to set up an appointment.