Gum Disease

In the initial phase of gum disease, known as gingivitis, the gums at the foundation of your teeth become inflamed and irritated. This is typically a result of plaque buildup caused by inadequate dental care. Factors such as age and oral habits play a significant role in the development of gum disease.

If left unaddressed, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a condition in which the gums and bone recede from the teeth, creating pockets that accumulate debris and become infected. The appropriate treatment for both gingivitis and periodontitis depends on the severity of the deterioration.


Gingivitis is the initial stage of periodontal disease, characterized by inflammation and irritation in the gum tissues surrounding the base of your teeth. This condition typically results from the buildup of plaque due to inadequate dental hygiene. 

Factors such as advancing age and poor oral habits are commonly associated with the development of gingivitis.

As a prevalent dental issue, gingivitis often presents with mild symptoms that can be effectively managed through proper dental care. Regular flossing and brushing are essential in both preventing and reversing gingivitis. 

If left untreated, however, this condition could progress into periodontitis (advanced gum disease), leading to irreversible damage to the bone or other supporting tissues.

At Black Point Dental in Honolulu, HI, our team can help treat gingivitis and prevent it from developing further.

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Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis, often referred to as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the soft tissues surrounding the teeth. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding.

If not addressed promptly, the condition can progress past gingivitis, causing the gums to gradually recede and expose the tooth roots, leading to potential tooth loss.

As the gums detach from the teeth, small pockets form, trapping debris and becoming susceptible to infection. The accumulation of plaque beneath the gum line causes these pockets to deepen and results in further damage to the gum tissue and bone.

The treatment approach for periodontitis varies depending on the severity of the condition. Possible treatments include non-surgical procedures, such as thorough dental cleanings, or surgical interventions, like bone grafting for dental restoration.

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Gum Disease Treatment in Honolulu, HI

Black Point Dental offers treatment for patients dealing with gingivitis and periodontitis. We offer comprehensive preventative dentistry to avoid dental issues and periodontal dental care to treat gum disease symptoms. 

Dr. Patrick Ferguson is a member of the Hawaii Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Board of Oral Implantology. 

To schedule a consultation or appointment, call us at (808) 955-5922 or request an appointment online. You can also visit our office in Honolulu, HI

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