What is periodontics?

Good oral health isn’t just limited to your teeth. Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on treating the gums and soft tissues of your mouth. Gum treatment in Burlington, North Carolina focuses on treating two conditions: gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease).

What is gum treatment?

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums and is a precursor to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is when the gums and soft tissues surrounding the teeth become infected and begin to dissolve from damage. At Dr. Monahan’s dental office, we offer multiple treatments to reverse this process and restore your healthy smile. These include deep cleaning methods, such as scaling and root planing, and Arestin®, which is an antibiotic treatment.

How do you know if you have gum disease?

Our dental team may suggestion gum treatment if you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing teeth
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased gum sensitivity
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

To schedule an appointment with our caring dentist, we invite you to contact our dental office today. We are dedicated to helping you achieve healthy gums for a happy smile.