Can Periodontal Disease Cause Gums to Bleed?

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At Premier Periodontics, we perform dental exams to diagnose patients with periodontal disease. Regular dental exams and teeth cleanings allow us to detect gum disease early on before it begins the most detrimental effects to your oral health. Many of our patients wonder if this gum infection can go away with regular oral hygiene. However, that is how you prevent it from developing in the first place. When you are already showing signs of periodontal disease, you need periodontal treatment to clean your teeth and gums best. Many of our patients wonder, “can I save my teeth with periodontal disease?” The answer is if you treat your gum disease at an early stage, you should be able to.

Our periodontist specialists offer periodontal treatment in Bellevue, WA, with perioscopy digital technology. This minimally invasive nonsurgical periodontal treatment helps those with periodontal disease to avoid gum surgery. We offer gum disease treatment at all of our locations in Washington, including Olympia, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, and Everett.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a gum infection caused by poor oral hygiene that leaves plaque on the teeth. When it’s left on the teeth, gum disease can develop. When periodontal disease is left untreated, it will progress to advanced stages, which can deteriorate the jawbone and, in severe cases, cause tooth loss. The only reversible stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which causes red, inflamed, and bleeding gums. Our periodontist in Bellevue can detect periodontal disease during a routine dental exam.

Symptoms of gum disease

Gum disease can be silent, meaning that symptoms don’t always appear until you are in an advanced stage of periodontal disease. Some common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums

  • Mouth sores

  • Gum recession

  • Loose or separating teeth

  • Pus between the gums and teeth

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Bite changes

When you suspect you may have periodontal disease, our periodontal specialists at Premier Periodontics can diagnose and treat your gum disease stage.

What is perioscopy endoscopy?

During a perioscopy endoscopy, our periodontist in Bellevue examines your gums to determine the best treatment. This will depend on the severity and the stage of gum disease you’re at. We may pair perioscopy with a nonsurgical scaling and root planing procedure that can treat and prevent the progression of gum disease. Patients who have one or more periodontal pockets that measure over 5mm are good candidates for this gum disease treatment. It works best for those with deeper areas of gum disease who cannot have traditional gum surgery.

During this treatment, our periodontal specialists can accurately see where there is plaque and tartar accumulation inside your periodontal pockets. This allows us to remove and treat these diseased areas precisely. While this treatment is nonsurgical, we do numb the gum tissues to keep you comfortable. We will insert the endoscope into periodontal pockets and use digital images to thoroughly clean these areas.

Recovery from gum disease treatment

There is very little recovery necessary with perioscopy treatment, which means that you won’t need stitches. However, your gums may feel tender for a few days. A follow-up appointment will allow our periodontal specialists to evaluate how well you’re healing. This also helps us determine if you need additional treatment. We recommend a routine maintenance visit every three months.

Learn how gum disease treatment can maintain your oral health best

A perioscopy allows our periodontal specialists at Premier Periodontics to see when a patient with bleeding gums needs gum disease treatment. A dental endoscopy can treat diseased areas accurately. Learn more about gum disease treatment and the benefits of gum treatments at one of our locations in Washington, including Olympia, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, and Everett, by calling our professional dental team to schedule an appointment today.

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