Periodontitis, commonly referred to as “gum disease,” is a serious issue that affects many people’s lives. Periodontitis is a loss of gum and bone around the teeth. It is caused by the body’s inflammatory responses to certain bacteria within the mouth. The combination of bacteria and inflammation can ultimately lead to loss of teeth if left untreated. Periodontitis can affect individuals of all ages, but is most commonly seen in adults. Unfortunately, once permanent teeth have grown into the mouth, that is the only set of teeth we are given. Fortunately, there are multiple methods to treat periodontal disease, and you have come to the right place to seek care! Dr. Amy French is a periodontist, a specialized dentist who has completed three additional years of rigorous training and education in the field of periodontology. In addition to having the knowledge and skills to treat many conditions involving your existing teeth, she also has advanced training in the placement of dental implants, which can be used to replace missing teeth. You’ll find helpful information about the various treatments offered here at Sierra Nevada Periodontics and Implant Dentistry on this website, but please also feel free to contact us today to schedule a personal appointment with Dr. French.