Periodontics is the branch of dentistry specializing in the study and treatment of the gums. To help your gums stay in good health, we provide periodontal care at our Waynesville, North Carolina dental practice, as well as refer patients to a periodontist. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. Periodontal disease is a degenerative condition that often begins with the accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Bacteria in the plaque can cause disease and infection in the gum tissue. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums. Our talented dentist and dental team are skilled in periodontal care to halt the progress of the disease and encourage the growth of healthy gum tissue. Whether you are in need of scaling and root planing or another type of periodontal treatment, we are dedicated to helping you improve your smile. For more information on periodontics and treating periodontal disease, we invite you to contact us today!