Gingivitis is an infection that attacks the gums that surround your teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and under the gums. The advanced stage of this disease is called periodontitis. At this stage, the infection moves under the gums to attack the tissues and bones that support your teeth. The symptoms of gingivitis are:

  • Red, swollen, and sore gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss

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The signs of periodontitis are more easily recognized. They include:

  • Receding gums
  • Pockets forming between the gums and the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus coming from the gums
  • A change in your bite
  • Loose permanent teeth

When a patient has periodontitis, Dr. Robert H. Watson may recommend laser gum surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Laser gum surgery will treat this disease without the patient having to worry about bleeding, stitches, or after-surgery complications. With this treatment, a laser fiber that is about the width of three human hairs is inserted between the gum tissues and your tooth. The laser removes the bacteria that cause periodontitis painlessly.The laser is then used to close periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums.

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist, contact our dental office today.