Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can cause gums to swell, bleed, and ultimately recede. Symptoms of gingivitis are generally mild and difficult to notice, and many patients do not to feel any pain or discomfort.
Left unchecked, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, the second stage of gum disease. At this stage, both the gums and underlying bone that supports teeth are affected.
Regular visits to our Carlsbad office can help detect gum disease early and prevent it from advancing.
How far gum disease has progressed affects treatment options. Caught early, gingivitis is relatively straightforward to treat and gum damage can be reversed.
Mild to moderate periodontitis can be treated non-surgically with a combination of dental care and the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine. Moderate to advanced periodontitis may be treated surgically through ligament reconstruction, regeneration, and therapy.
Contact our office to learn more about our periodontal treatments.