What is gum disease?

Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition that results when bacteria in plaque and calculus (tartar) irritate and inflame the gum tissues. This can cause an infection in the gums that eventually leads to the destruction of the gum and bone tissue and the loss of teeth. When gum disease is caught in the early stages (gingivitis), it can often be reversed. When it is allowed to progress untreated, however, gum disease can cause serious damage to your smile. At Joy Dental, we provide high-quality, gentle treatment for gum disease in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to ensure that your smile stays healthy.

Do I need gum treatment?

During each routine visit to our office, our dentist will examine your smile for the signs of periodontal disease. If they notice any signs of gum disease, such as red, swollen gums, a receding gum line, or the formation of pockets between the gum tissues and teeth, they may recommend gum treatment. The specific type of gum treatment that is right for you will depend on the severity of the condition. Our caring dentists may recommend improved at-home dental care, antibiotic treatment, extra professional cleanings, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or even gum surgery for more serious cases. We welcome you to call or visit us today to learn more about gum treatment and to set up your individualized visit to our office. We are committed to improving your dental health!