Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gums and jawbone. Left untreated, periodontal disease often causes irreversible damage to the bone surrounding the teeth. Periodontitis is also linked to systemic diseases, such as respiratory and kidney disease. Fortunately, mild periodontitis can usually be treated non-surgically before significant bone and tissue destruction occurs. Moderate and advanced periodontitis is usually treated surgically. Surgical treatment of periodontitis often includes recontouring of the supporting bone to prevent future periodontal disease (osseous surgery) and may include bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration. These procedures are done in an attempt to eliminate periodontal pockets, which trap bacteria beneath the gum line and cause bone and tooth loss. Dr. Ghayoumi is an expert in both non-surgical and surgical methods to treat periodontitis. She has successfully treated thousands of patients with periodontitis during her 20 years of dental practice.