What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria in plaque. When plaque and dental calculus (hardened plaque) accumulate on the teeth, it can result in irritation, inflammation, and infection in the gum tissues. If not treated properly, gum disease may cause a receding gum line, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Why is periodontal health important?

The health of the supporting structures of the teeth, the “gums” and bone, is often the most significant factor in tooth loss. Periodontal therapy – from simple “cleanings” to deeper “scaling” and antibiotic and surgical treatments – is for many people the essential key to keeping your teeth. Our dentist and dental team are pleased to provide high-quality treatment for gum disease in Marlborough, Connecticut, so you can keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life. After carefully examining your smile, Dr. Douglas Doran will recommend the treatment you need to keep your gums healthy. The type of periodontal therapy we recommend is based on the state of your gum health and the severity of any conditions such as gum disease.

If your gums are red, swollen, tender, or bleed easily, you may suffer from periodontal disease. We urge you to contact us today at Rivereast Dental Group to learn more about gum therapy and to set up your next appointment with our skilled dentist.