Gum Disease Treatment Raleigh

Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. It is most often caused by bacteria from plaque. Periodontal literally means, “around the tooth.”

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums and is caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis can usually be treated here in our office and through dedicated home care.

Periodontitis is more serious, and typically results from untreated Gingivitis. If plaque is not regularly removed from your teeth, it can spread below the gumline. Once this happens, bacteria from the plaque will infect the gums—this causes the tissue to recede and separate from the teeth.


Renaissance Dental Center is located in Raleigh, NC but graciously provide comprehensive Dental Services to all surrounding areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and Garner.

The Art of Your Smile

Renaissance Dental Center the Triangle’s award winning general and cosmetic dentists

Risk Factors

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Ill-fitting bridges, crowded teeth or defective fillings
  • Medications (steroids, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure meds)
  • Pregnancy, oral contraceptives and puberty (changes in hormone levels can cause gum tissue to become more sensitive to bacteria toxins)
  • Systemic diseases (diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV / AIDS, etc.)
  • Genetics (patients with a family history of tooth loss should pay particular attention to their gums)

Signs and Symptoms

  • Red and puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • New spacing between teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Tenderness or discomfort

If you think you may have some form of periodontal disease, the sooner you let us know the better our chance of treating it successfully. There are both non-surgical and surgical options available, depending on your unique condition. There is no need for referral to a periodontist; we perform periodontics procedures here in our office.

Periodic dental examination to have a healthy mouth and teeth.

Anna Abernethy, DDS

Dr. Abernethy grew up in Concord, North Carolina, however, she has called Raleigh "home" for the past 20 years. She came to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from Meredith College Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemical physics.

Jill Sonner, DDS

Dr. Sonner was born and raised in Raleigh NC, and she attended both UNC Wilmington and North Carolina State University. She received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in 1999 with high honors, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences. During college she supported research staff at NIEHS and performed an independent study focusing on Diabetes.

Anita Jones Wells, DDS

Dr. Wells is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Pinehurst area and has spent the past 10 years studying and practicing dentistry in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating with honors.


General Dentistry

We each enjoy doing a broad range of procedures. This allows us to provide many services in-house rather than referring patients out as much as possible. From simple tooth colored fillings to surgical procedures, we enjoy offering a range of options for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have all devoted many hours to advanced training under the direction of Frank Spear who is world renowned for cosmetic repair of the most worn or severely damaged teeth. We appreciate the impact a beautiful attractive smile has on one’s self confidence and can deliver remarkable cosmetic results for people needing a various degrees of smile design.

Dental Implants

We have each received our implant fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Oral Surgeon Dr. Garg and have been placing dental implants since 2005. Implants are a rehabilitative option for patients needing to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures.

Dental Grafting

We offer a minimally invasive alternative option for covering exposed roots caused by recession that does not involve extensive roof of the mouth grafting, called the Gumdrop Technique.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental procedures can be often overwhelming due to phobia, and needed appointments to the dental office are often delayed or even avoided entirely. Our office offers multiple levels of sedation to make sure you're visiting as often as suggested.

Dental Crowns

Your smile may become damaged, decayed, or need cosmetic repair and jeopardizing your oral health. Dental crowns are the perfect solution for such patients. Restore your teeth back to a beautiful and healthy shine.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes aspects of your teeth cannot be changed as easily. In these cases, to get the healthy cosmetic smile you're looking for porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.


We have been using digital impressions and 3D printing since 2010. This technique allows us to eliminate many steps that commonly amount to error. Computer aided design allows us to make and deliver restorations in the same visit preventing additional appointments and taking advantage of the patient being numbed only one time.

Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, white teeth are the norm and if yours are yellow or discolored it affects your self confidence. Something as simple as whitening can drastically change your appeal. In the past most of the whitening options caused tooth sensitivity. We offer an array of choices that are tailored to avoid sensitivity while giving you the best outcome.

Laser Therapies

We all hate those dreadful fever blisters. Did you know if you laser them when you feel that very first tingle they won’t erupt? Suffer no more from unsightly sores, we offer this as quick and painless option.