If you have been informed that you have periodontal (gum) disease by your dentist you are not alone. An estimated 80% OF AMERICAN ADULTS HAVE SOME FORM OF GUM DISEASE. There are several forms of gum disease with gingivitis being the mildest form. While this type only affects the gums more severe types of gum disease can lead to tooth loss. From simple inflammation to major damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth, our team of expert periodontists can help.
Gum disease is often a silent disease meaning symptoms may not appear until advanced stages of the disease. However, there are warning signs of gum infection which include the following:
If you believe you may have gum disease, give us a CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENT where we can assess your gums for any signs of periodontal disease and prescribe gum repair that is tailored to your gum infection..
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, the good news is that there is a variety of treatment options depending upon your situation and the severity of the problem. At IMPLANT AND PERIODONTIC SPECIALISTS, we always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical. However, in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary. Our periodontists can help determine the best treatment plan for your unique dental needs.
Our dental team has years of experience and extensive training and continuing education in periodontal treatment which ensures you get the best quality dental care possible. We have offices in Bellevue and Issaquah and offer convenient hours to accommodate your schedule.
The most conservative and most common form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease is SCALING AND ROOT PLANING. This first line of defense involves careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces, deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to removal bacterial toxins. This type of cleaning reaches places that normal cleaning devices can't reach such as under the gum line and around the root. Root planing removes any remaining tartar and smooths irregular areas of the root surface. The in-depth cleaning provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe then scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you need for gum disease.
In cases where the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth is too damaged to be repaired with non-surgical treatment, there are several surgical procedures available to prevent severe damage and to restore a healthy smile. Following your initial appointment, we will recommend the best course of treatment suited to the condition of your teeth and gums. Our surgical treatment options include:
Healthy mouths have teeth that are firmly surrounded by gum tissue and that are securely supported by the bones of the jaw. Periodontal disease damages these tissues and bones. As a result, open spaces are created around the teeth that we call pockets. The larger the pocket, the easier it is for bacteria to collect inside them. Over time, this leads to more damage. Eventually the supportive structure degrades to the point that the tooth either falls out or needs to be removed.
Pocket reduction surgery (also known as "flap surgery") folds back the gum tissue and removes the bacteria hiding underneath, as well as the hardened plaque and tartar that have collected. During this procedure, any tissue that is too damaged to survive may be removed. Next the healthy tissue is sewn back into place. Once the tooth and root are free of bacteria, plaque and tartar and the pockets have been reduced the gums can reattach to the teeth.
Regeneration procedures restore the bone and tissue supporting the teeth that have been lost due to severe gum disease. During this process, the gum tissue is folded back to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar. Depending upon your situation, a BONE GRAFT may be performed to stimulate new bone growth or a special kind of protein may be applied to stimulate tissue growth to repair the areas that have been destroyed by the disease.
GUM RECESSION (also called gingival recession) is a frequent symptom of gum disease. As the gums recede, more of the roots are revealed which can make teeth appear longer and also create sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or food. It also exposes the tooth to increased damage from gum disease, as bacteria, plaque and tartar attack the surface of the tooth and the root.
During a SOFT-TISSUE GRAFT, tissue from the top of your mouth or another source is sewed to the gum area, covering the roots and restoring the gum line to its original, healthy location. This procedure can also be performed for cosmetic reasons.
Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. As periodontists, DR. THOMAS SWEENEY, DR. NEAL RAVAL, and DR. LAURA MOON focus their practice on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases that effect the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth and jaw. Periodontists receive extra training in periodontal treatment in both non-surgical and surgical oral procedures as well as in placing DENTAL IMPLANTS. Periodontists are highly trained dentists that excel in this specialty. If you are in need of expert periodontal treatment (gum disease) then a specialized Periodontist is the best option for you.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. Also known as gum disease, it often begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth's surface near the gum line. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. In the earliest stage, gingivitis, only the gums are affected. In more severe cases, all of the supporting tissues are involved.
Often times gum infection begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth's surface near the gum line. If this buildup is not removed by brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Over time plaque begins to buildup over the tartar eventually causing the gums to become red, swollen and irritated. This stage is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of periodontal disease. Left untreated, this will progressively get worse and may require surgery to treat.
Yes! Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today's periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of periodontal treatment options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, your periodontist can help you determine what treatment best meets your needs. Periodontal treatments include:
Many dental insurance plans will provide assistance for periodontal treatment. We will work with your insurance provider to make sure your treatment is easy on your budget and your peace of mind as we know the importance of your dental health. We want you to get the most out of any dental treatment you receive so call our offices today to schedule your appointment and discuss your insurance coverage.
You may be at risk of having gum infection if you smoke or use tobacco products, you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly, you have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, or if several of your family members have had gum disease as it can, in some cases, be genetic. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, call our office today to schedule your appointment.
All you need to do is call our team at IMPLANT AND PERIODONTIC SPECIALISTS today! We'll work with you to schedule a time to meet with one of our periodontists that is convenient for you. You can reach us by phone at (425) 440-3448 or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE. We have offices in both Bellevue and Issaquah and offer convenient office hours to accommodate your hectic schedule.
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