Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment in Cypress

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused most often by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed. 

There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis affects only the gums. It is a mild form of gum disease, and if properly treated, may be reversed. Left untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontitis. During this more destructive disease stage, bacteria penetrate the deeper pockets of tissue where bone and membrane support your teeth. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and severe health problems. 

How Dr. Handley treats your gum disease is largely dependent upon the stage of your infection and the amount of deterioration involving your gums, teeth, supporting tissues, and bone. After reviewing your Digital X-rays and performing a thorough periodontal exam, he will discuss your treatment options, answer questions, and explain what happens.

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