Periodontal disease—which is frequently referred to as gum disease—is a condition that can lead to a plethora of complications. This condition is caused by the harmful bacteria in plaque and tartar. If left untreated, gum diseases like gingivitis can lead to sensitive, swollen, and inflamed gums, or gums that pull away from teeth. If gum disease remains untreated, it can lead to bone loss and tooth loss as well.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of gum disease can easily be confused with many other dental problems, which can make it difficult to detect. Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth

Our experienced dentist, Dr. Cory Williams, has the skill and knowledge necessary to identify and treat gum disease. Depending on your individual situation, we may simply recommend improved dental hygiene, or we may recommend another treatment option like antibiotic therapy, deep cleanings (called scaling and root planing), or gum surgery. If you have any questions about gum diseases like gingivitis in Wilmington, North Carolina, please feel free to visit or call our office today. We are anxious to hear from you soon!