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Gum Disease

Periodontal disease — also known as gum disease — can severely jeopardize your oral health if left untreated.

Gum disease treatment at North Carolina Implants and Periodontics can relieve symptoms and protect your oral health.

Discover why patients in Raleigh and beyond turn to Dr. Thiago Morelli to promote the health of their gums.

Understanding Gum Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria collects in the mouth, usually due to improper brushing and flossing. When the bacteria is allowed to harden and become tartar, it can lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontitis.


Gingivitis — the first stage of gum disease — is caused by poor oral hygiene, and is characterized by gum inflammation. Fortunately, this condition can often be successfully reversed and treated swiftly — especially when caught in its early stages. Our dental team has the tools and resources to minimize gum inflation and effectively remove tartar from above and below the gumline; however, if the condition progresses, you may require more invasive treatment.


Periodontitis is a more serious condition characterized by deep pockets that form between the gums and teeth as inflamed tissue pulls away from the teeth. If left unaddressed, the infection will spread to underlying tissues, leading to the deterioration of supporting bone and soft tissues. Treatment for periodontitis aims to remove tartar and eliminate periodontal pockets through cleanings, antibiotics, and in some cases, surgery.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Receding gum line
  • Pus around teeth and gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth

There are a few simple oral hygiene practices you can do at home to prevent gum disease development, such as using fluoride toothpaste. However, your general dentist or a hygienist may recommend a consultation with a periodontist if they find signs of periodontal disease through the course of a checkup or other dental care appointment. 

You may also decide to see a periodontist on your own. We don't require referrals, so we invite you to get in touch with us directly if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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Why Visit a Periodontist for Gum Disease Treatment?

Choosing a periodontist for gum disease treatment is akin to visiting a cardiologist for a heart condition. As specialists, periodontists
have advanced skills, techniques, and expertise in diagnosing and treating all stages of gum disease.

We provide all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your oral health and are proud to be the leading periodontal practice so many in our community turn to for excellence in gum disease treatment.

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Hear From Our Patients in Raleigh, NC


Genice Nix


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This practice has provided me with exceptional care for many years... Thanks to the friendly, helpful office staff and the entire team for the finest experience in periodontal care.

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Don Bruton


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Very professional, super friendly, one-of-a-kind service… Made me feel like I was a family member… they went out of their way far and beyond to make me feel comfortable.

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North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

Established in 2018, our practice is led by Thiago Morelli, DDS, MS. His professional affiliations and distinctions include:

AAP: American Academy of Periodontology

ADA: American Dental Association

Diplomate - American Board of Periodontology

Fellow - International Team for Implantology

Please request an appointment by contacting us online or by calling us at: (919) 510-8888

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