includes cleaning, dental exam, and x-rays. Not valid for patients with insurance. May not apply in cases of periodontal disease.
Periodontal care refers to the treatment of diseases and conditions related to the gums. Gum disease is the most common problem treated by periodontics, and it’s a serious issue for many Americans.
In fact, the ADA has estimated that around 50% of all Americans are affected by some kind of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis. If periodontal disease is not treated, it can lead to serious symptoms like bleeding gums, tooth loss, and halitosis (bad breath), and can even cause dangerous oral infections. That’s why periodontics in Greenwood from Aurora Dental Care is critical to your oral health.
What Is Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)?
Gum disease refers to a condition where your gums become inflamed, and the underlying bone and tissue can become infected. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, the same bacteria-ridden substance responsible for tooth decay.
If you do not brush and floss properly, and you do not take care of your teeth, plaque builds up on your gums. Then, it hardens into a substance called tartar, which is much harder to remove. As your gums try to fight this infection, they will become red, uncomfortable, and inflamed.
Without proper treatment, gum disease can result in oral infections and abscesses and the loss of multiple teeth, so it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms before it becomes severe.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease, And How Is It Treated?
Gum disease has multiple stages, with different symptoms.
- Gingivitis is the most common, and least severe form of gum disease. Most people with gingivitis will not notice many severe symptoms. You may experience some gum bleeding and sensitivity, and your gums may appear inflamed or dark in color.
Gingivitis is usually treated with a deep teeth cleaning. This removes plaque and tartar. With proper oral hygiene and aftercare, minor cases of gingivitis can be resolved within just a single appointment.
- Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease. Symptoms of periodontitis are more severe, and include halitosis (bad breath), gums that bleed for no reason, tooth and gum sensitivity, or gum “recession” which makes your teeth look longer.
Periodontitis requires more advanced periodontal care, such as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing uses advanced dental tools to remove plaque and bacteria from the “pockets” that form underneath the teeth. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection recurrence.
- Advanced Periodontitis is a very severe stage of periodontitis. Usually, you will experience symptoms like loose teeth or total tooth loss, pus build-up between teeth and gums, pain when chewing, new gaps between your teeth, and a change in how your bite feels.
Most cases of advanced periodontitis require surgery of some kind. Gum flap surgery may be required to re-attach the gums after cleaning. Dr. Tuanh Smith of Aurora Dental Care, may also recommend extraction of the remaining teeth, and replacement with dentures or an implant-supported restoration.
Get Periodontal Treatment In Greenwood, Northgate, and Seattle Now!
If you suspect you might have gum disease, it’s time to act. The longer you wait, the harder your periodontitis will be to treat. Contact Aurora Dental Care at (206) 729-0273, or stop by our office at 10314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Dr. Smith is an expert at periodontics in Greenwood, and can provide you with professional, friendly, and informative care.
Our goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health. Having a healthy mouth allows you to have a healthy body, too. We understand the connection between the health of your mouth and the health of the rest of your body. This is why we offer all types of dental care to our patients. We can help with anything from general dentistry, including exams and cleanings, up to preventative care, including fillings and root canals, and then we can also offer restorative care, such as crowns and dental implants. No matter what you need, the staff here at Aurora Dental Care is able to help.
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We want you to feel comfortable turning to us for all of your dental needs. It can be difficult, especially for those who do not have dental insurance, to be able to get the care they need at a price they can afford. We work with our patients because the health of your mouth, and the rest of your body, is our top priority. If you need help with a painful tooth, or an unhealthy mouth, call us. We will work with you to get the procedures done that you need, at a price you can afford. We will even offer installment payments for whatever you cannot cover upfront.