What is Periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious bacterial infection in your mouth that destroys the gums and supporting bone around the teeth. The CDC estimates that half of all adults 30 years or older have some form of periodontal disease. That equates to 64.7 million people in the United States.

Periodontitis is a silent destroyer because pain is typically absent.  Most causes of periodontitis are detected at routine exams with your general dentist, who will refer you to a periodontist like Dr. Goggin to further evaluate your condition.

Periodontal diseases including Gingivitis and Periodontitis, left untreated can cause tooth loss, and affect your ability to eat, speak, and smile. The bacterial infection present will stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed by the inflammation.  Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected.  As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed.

In regards the Coronavirus (Covid-19):
 
At Asheville Periodontics, the health of our community is our top priority.  For the greater good of the community and the safety of our patients and staff, we will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, March 19.  Stay tuned here, and on our website for more updates as the situation progresses.
To lessen the load on hospital emergency rooms, we will be available should you have a serious dental emergency.  You can reach Dr. Goggin via phone or text at 828-423-0146 or Rachel our office manager 828-571-0116.  We do request that if you have cold, flu, COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in an active COVID-19 area in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who has, please let us know before being seen.
For those of you with appointments in the coming weeks, we will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment.  Thank you for your understanding.