As a cornerstone of our practice, we believe in providing top-tier periodontal care that goes beyond just treating symptoms of periodontal disease. Our approach is to focus on the cause of the condition, empowering our Mill Creek, WA patients with the knowledge they need to understand and manage their periodontal health. Learn more about our periodontal services below!
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious oral health condition affecting the tissues that support your teeth. Primarily caused by poor oral hygiene, it starts as a bacterial accumulation of plaque and tartar between your teeth and along the gum line.
If not properly addressed, this can lead to inflammation and eventually damage to your gums and the supporting bone structure.
Stages & Symptoms Of Periodontal DiseasePeriodontal disease usually progresses in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
- Gingivitis, the earliest stage, is characterized by red, swollen, or bleeding gums. This condition is reversible with good oral hygiene and professional treatment.
- If left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, where gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected.
- In the last stage of the disease, advanced periodontitis can lead to the loss of teeth and permanent damage to the jawbone.
- Consistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Red or swollen gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Gums that bleed easily
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
At Mill Creek Family Dentistry, our experts utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and a comprehensive examination to accurately detect periodontal disease. The process involves measuring the pocket depth of the groove between your gums and teeth, reviewing your medical history to identify potential contributing factors, and utilizing digital imaging to determine bone loss.
Treatment For Periodontal Disease
At Mill Creek Family Dentistry, we offer a range of advanced, effective treatments for periodontal disease designed to restore your oral health.
Scaling & Root Planing With Ultrasonic Scaler
Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure designed to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. An ultrasonic scaler is used to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surface and beneath the gum line. Following the cleaning, the root surfaces are smoothed to promote healing and prevent further plaque buildup.
Soft Tissue Diode Laser
We also utilize a soft tissue diode laser, an innovative tool that aids in the removal of diseased gum tissue and encourages the growth of healthy tissue. It’s a safe and minimally invasive method that improves patient comfort and recovery time.
Antibiotics can be an essential part of periodontal disease treatment, helping to control bacterial infection and reduce inflammation. They can be administered orally or directly to the infection site as a gel, depending on the specific needs of the patient.
Make Your Periodontal Health A Priority
At Mill Creek Family Dentistry, we understand the impact that periodontal disease can have on your overall health. Our experienced dental team is dedicated to providing personalized care to restore and maintain your oral health.
From the moment you step into our office, you become part of our family. Our compassionate professionals, advanced diagnostic tools, and proven treatment methods set us apart from the rest. With us, you can rest assured knowing you’ll receive the highest standard of care as we journey with you toward a healthier smile. Call today!