Seattle Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. It’s also closely linked to systemic health problems, as oral bacteria spread from infected teeth into surrounding blood vessels and the rest of the body.
Scientific research shows that the more aggressive a person’s gum disease is, the more likely they are to experience problems with health issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infertility, preeclampsia, pneumonia, erectile dysfunction, and more. Consequently, eliminating such oral infections can help boost the immune system and improve the symptoms of underlying medical concerns.
What is Gum Disease (Periodontitis)?
Periodontal disease — more commonly referred to as “gum disease” — is an infection that occurs around the roots of teeth, where soft tissues (gingiva/gums) begin to detach, leading to bone loss and instability. Gradually, deep “pockets” around the teeth form under the gums, harboring more plaque biofilm and creating a difficult-to-clean environment.
Unlike gingivitis, periodontal disease is not reversible with improved home care. It permanently damages gum and bone support around teeth, requiring professional intervention.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Watch for signs of gum infections, such as:
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Swollen tissues
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Heavy tartar buildup
- Tooth mobility
If you smoke or use tobacco products, it’s common for them to mask the conventional symptoms of gum disease. Schedule a regular checkup every six months to have the gum attachment levels around your teeth measured, so that infection can be intercepted before it’s too late.
Types of Treatment Available
Deep Cleanings — Unlike conventional cleanings meant to prevent disease or reverse gingivitis, periodontal infections require a thorough scaling and root planing to remove bacterial deposits deep under the gums. Sometimes these cleanings are broken up into two separate appointments, especially if we plan to numb the area being cleaned.
Laser Gum Therapy — Soft tissue laser therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that destroys disease-causing bacteria without damaging the healthy cells surrounding them. We incorporate laser therapy into our Seattle, WA practice because of its effectiveness and predictability. When used in conjunction with deep cleanings, our laser patients see outstanding results, especially in regard to tissue reattachment levels.
PRP and Stem Cell Treatments
When combined with conventional periodontal therapies, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells can speed your recovery and improve the results of your treatment. This safe, FDA-approved procedure offers a dynamic advantage in combatting tooth loss and aggressive gum disease.
Is it Time to See Your Seattle Dentist?
Our practice screens every patient for gum disease during their dental exam. If it’s been six months or longer since your last checkup and cleaning, call our Seattle dentist today!