Periodontics focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and other conditions that affect the gums and soft tissues of the mouth.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection caused by bacteria in plaque. When plaque builds up on the teeth, the bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues. If this condition is not treated in the early stage, also known as gingivitis, it can develop into periodontitis, which is the more advanced stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis is characterized by red, tender, bleeding and swollen gums; periodontitis additionally involves gum recession and can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss. Gingivitis can usually be controlled and even reversed with professional cleanings and improved at-home oral care if diagnosed and treated early. Periodontitis, on the other hand, generally requires more involved, frequent treatment.
We are pleased to provide high-quality treatment for gum disease to return your smile to good health. To learn more about periodontics and how Dr. Ruprecht can care for your smile, call 949-472-5499 or request an appointment online.