Periodontal disease is an infection caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. When these bacteria build up in the plaque on your teeth, they irritate and inflame the gum tissues, gradually progressing until the disease destroys your gums and supporting bone structure. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating
  • Gum recession
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in your bite or in the fit of removable oral appliances

There are two main stages of gum disease — gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the milder stage of the disease and can usually be controlled or even reversed with professional cleanings and improved at-home care when diagnosed early. Periodontitis is a more severe stage of this condition and requires more involved and frequent treatment to bring it under control

Periodontics is the field of dental care which focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease to improve your oral health. Our dentist and team will check for signs of gum disease during your regular dental exams and, if diagnosed, will work with you to create a treatment plan that will fight the disease and improve your oral health. Periodontal treatments available in our office include:

We welcome you to call us at 949-644-0071 for more information about periodontics in Newport Beach, California, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jon Glenn.