Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and irritation in the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease begins with the accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Bacteria in plaque then irritate and infect the gum tissues, causing swelling, tenderness, and bleeding. The earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums. If gingivitis is allowed to progress untreated, it may develop into periodontitis, which is a more serious form of gum disease. When not treated properly, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and bone loss. In periodontitis, the gums and bone pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that collect debris and bacteria and become infected. As the disease progresses, these pockets become deeper, more tissue is destroyed, and the teeth can become loose and fall out.
In order to avoid these serious consequences, we provide high-quality treatment for gum disease in Woodland Hills, California. Dr. Gordon is a trained periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum care), and he and Dr. Terteryan will work together to help you once again achieve optimal dental health. The specific type of gum treatment will depend on the severity of the condition. For more information, and to schedule your next visit to Couture Smiles Dental Group, please call or visit Drs. Terteryan, Gordon, and Fahid today.