The word “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” The phrase periodontal tissues refers to the tissues around the tooth. They include: gingiva (skin or gums), the jaw bone and the periodontal ligament tissues (group of tissues that secure the teeth to the bone).
Periodontal disease, historically called pyorrhea, is a common inflammatory condition, which affects these tissues around the tooth. Gingivitis refers to a form of periodontal disease that involves inflammation of the gingiva. Periodontitis refers to a potentially destructive form of periodontal disease that involves inflammation of all the periodontal tissues.
Treatment of periodontal disease can include both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. A complete dental and periodontal exam will be done and we will develop and explain an appropriate treatment plan with you.