Periodontal Disease Specialist

Sunrise Smile Design

Rick R Campbell, DDS, PC

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in North Central, Phoenix, AZ

More than 47% of Americans age 30 and older have some form of periodontal disease. Though common, without early treatment and intervention, periodontal disease increases the risk of gum recession and bone loss. At Sunrise Smile Design, Rick Campbell, DDS, PC, boasts years of experience diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. To make an appointment at the practice in Phoenix, Arizona, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the soft tissue structures that support your teeth. It occurs when plaque, a thin film of bacteria, food particles, and saliva, builds up on the surface of your teeth and beneath your gums. 

Without routine dental cleanings, plaque continues to collect, causing your gums to swell and bleed. 

What are the types of periodontal disease?

At Sunrise Smile Design, Dr. Campbell specializes in the treatment of:


If your gums are red and swollen or they bleed when you brush and floss, you might have gingivitis. This minor infection of the gum tissue is relatively easy to treat and reverse.


Periodontitis occurs if gingivitis goes untreated. As the infection worsens, your gums pull away from the teeth, forming small pockets. Harmful bacteria and food particles collect in these pockets causing additional damage. 

Periodontitis won’t heal on its own. It requires diagnosis and treatment from an oral health professional.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Partial or complete dentures that no longer fit
  • Pain when chewing

As periodontal disease progresses, you might also experience changes in the position of your teeth or pus oozing from your gums.

How is periodontal disease diagnosed?

To diagnose periodontal disease, Dr. Campbell conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms. 

Typically, visual observation is enough to make a diagnosis, but if Dr. Campbell suspects a more serious infection, like periodontitis, he might also take X-rays to assess the condition of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone.

How is periodontal disease treated?

At Sunrise Smile Design, Dr. Campbell offers several types of periodontal disease treatment, including:

Scaling and root planing

If you have a mild case of gum disease, Dr. Campbell might recommend scaling and root planing. During this procedure, he carefully removes plaque from beneath your gum line and smooths your tooth roots. Ultimately, that process allows your gums to reattach to your teeth.

Antibiotic therapy

If scaling and root planing aren’t enough to provide relief, Dr. Campbell might recommend antibiotic therapy. During this type of treatment, he implants small antibiotic beads beneath your gum tissue. Over time, the beads dissolve, releasing a medical-grade antiseptic solution that eliminates harmful bacteria. 

Gum and bone grafts

If gum disease goes untreated, it permanently damages your gums and bone tissue. Because these tissues can’t regenerate on their own, Dr. Campbell might recommend gum flap surgery or a bone graft. These outpatient procedures use natural, healthy tissues or synthetic materials to encourage your body’s natural healing process.

To receive treatment for periodontal disease, make an appointment at Sunrise Smile Design by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.