Periodontal Therapy – Northgate, WA

Personalized Gum Disease Treatment

Four out of five patients have some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Most of them don’t even realize they have it. It’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, but through periodontal therapy, we’ll be able to restore the health of your teeth and gums. At Oak Tree Dental Care, we offer various treatments for gum disease in Northgate that will keep your smile happy and healthy. Contact us for an appointment today.

What is Gum Disease?

Smiling patientGum disease is a condition where the gums have become infected by bacteria. Many people believe that aggressive brushing causes the condition, but the fact of the matter is that there are many issues that can lead to gum disease, and brushing your teeth and gums isn’t one of them. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, medications that reduce saliva flow, illnesses such as AIDS, and genetics are all risk factors that you need to be aware of.

If the condition is allowed to develop, it can cause the gums to recede or move away from the teeth. Unfortunately, gum recession is an issue that many people suffer from, and it can lead to many different oral health issues, such as exposed tooth roots, unsightly ragged gum lines, and eventual tooth loss or extensive decay. Not only could your confidence take a hit, but your teeth will be more sensitive, and your smile will be much less functional overall. For this reason, it’s best to treat gum disease as early as possible.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Receding gumsWhile symptoms may not appear until the later stages of gum disease, you should call us right away if you notice:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Teeth that look longer than they did before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Sores in mouth
  • Bad breath that won’t get away
  • Changes in your bite
  • Changes in how dentures or partial dentures fit

After diagnosing your symptoms, we can start planning your periodontal therapy in Northgate.

Treatments for Gum Disease

GingivitisThere are a few different ways gum disease can be treated, but one of the most well-known is the deep cleaning process known as scaling and root planing. Scaling is when we remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as from any pockets that have formed due to gum recession. After that, root planing is performed; we’ll smooth the roots of your teeth with a scaling tool, helping them reattach to the gums. Planing also makes it harder for bacteria to reattach themselves to the teeth, making future infections less likely.

Surgery for Gum Disease

Smiling dental patientThere are some surgical solutions for infected gums:

  • Soft tissue grafts to repair the damage of gum disease is an option. Not only can it help with recession of gums, but it can help eliminate the amount of bone loss you may experience. Gum grafts are a great way to cover exposed roots and help support new gum tissue growth. The gum graft tissue is taken either from a tissue bank from an outside source or your palate. Not only can this reduce sensitivity, but it can help eliminate tooth decay.
  • If it is decided that you will have pocket reduction surgery, your gums will be lifted back to remove tartar. During this process, additional smoothing of any damaged surfaces may take place. After this procedure is completed, our periodontist will replace the gum tissue around the tooth structure to eliminate any pockets that bacteria thrive in.
  • Bone grafting is a procedure that involves the replacement of any damaged bone structure in your mouth. Bone grafting may be performed if you’ve lost bone due to an accident or advanced periodontal decay. Artificial bone, pieces of your own bone or donated bone are used during bone grafting, and this process can help to encourage new bone growth to restore your mouth’s original stability and functionality.