Types of Gum Disease

Garner Dentist Serving Patients From Cary, North Carolina and Surrounding Communities

There are two primary types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. While both can result in oral health issues, gingivitis is much easier to treat. Because prompt treatment is essential for the protection of your oral and systemic health, it is important to contact Garner dentist Dr. Adam Moore at the very first symptoms of gum disease.

If you have begun to notice a swelling or reddening of gum tissue, please contact Moore Family Dentistry online or by calling our Garner, North Carolina office at (919) 772-1811 to schedule an examination right away.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease and the easiest to treat. Marked by a reddening or swelling of gum tissue, gingivitis often responds well to professional cleanings and enhanced at-home care. Catching and treating gum disease at this stage is ideal as it helps prevent many of the problems that can arise when bacterial infection of the gums is allowed to progress.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an advanced type of gum disease and, left untreated, can result in:

  • Tooth loss
  • Bone necrosis and jaw collapse
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Recent studies have also found a direct link between periodontitis and breast cancer.

To treat this more invasive and dangerous form of gum disease, Garner dentist Dr. Adam Moore may need to incorporate advanced techniques such as scaling and root planing. This type of gum disease treatment may need to be bolstered through antibiotic use, enhanced daily routines, and prescriptions mouthwash and toothpaste. If you have developed periodontitis, Dr. Moore will discuss treatment options with you in greater detail during your examination.

To schedule your appointment with our experienced Garner dentist, please call (919) 772-1811 today. We welcome patients from Cary, Raleigh, and all surrounding North Carolina communities.