Gum Disease and Gingivitis Treatments Bellevue, WA

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Overview

Periodontal gum disease is a progressive condition, increasing in severity without proper care and maintenance. This oral infection occurs beneath the gumline, propagated by bacterial plaque and the body's response to toxins produced by this harmful bacteria. Gum disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and other health concerns if left uncontrolled. When periodontal disease moves beyond the initial stage (which is gingivitis) into the stages known as periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, bone and tooth loss become very likely and can cause a variety of oral and general complications. As leading periodontists specializing in gum and bone health, our team at Premier Periodontics is pleased to offer nonsurgical and advanced treatment options for care, including scaling and root planing, perioscopy, and LANAP laser gum surgery.

Best Candidates

Candidates for periodontal treatments may include those suffering from minor gum inflammation to individuals with significant deterioration of the soft tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place. Regardless of whether your gum disease is in the early or advanced stage, now is the time to intervene and stop it in its tracks. Gum inflammation is quite often a sign of periodontal infection, as is persistent bad breath, tender or red gums, loose teeth, and receding and bleeding gums. If you are currently suffering from these or similar symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment at Premier Periodontics.

What To Expect

There are a variety of periodontal procedures that may be helpful in the battle against gum disease. The fundamental goal is to stop the disease from further damaging your health and preserve your oral tissues. To evaluate the extent of your gum infection, we will use a small ruler referred to as a probe to check for and measure the spaces separating your gums and teeth. Digital x-rays will also be taken or reviewed to help our specialists confirm any bone loss or deterioration. This examination will help determine the type and extent of treatment that is necessary to address your condition.

While gingivitis can often be resolved with a thorough cleaning and good home care, periodontitis is typically treated with a nonsurgical procedure called scaling and root planing. We may also utilize an advanced technique known as perioscopy, which positions a small camera beneath the gums to give our practitioners visibility of plaque and tartar deposits. In advanced periodontitis cases, our skilled periodontal surgeons often use LANAP laser gum therapy techniques, which offer a more minimally invasive approach and faster healing compared to traditional gum surgery protocols. Bone and soft tissue grafts may be considered for patients to replace damaged tissues once an active periodontal infection is treated and controlled.

Recovery

The key to successful healing from many periodontal treatments is maintaining meticulous dental hygiene in the home and keeping with periodontal maintenance cleaning visits every 3 – 4 months (which replaces biannual "general" cleanings). We can coordinate and often alternate these cleaning visits with your general dentist. At your periodontal treatment appointment, our team will examine ways you can further benefit from treatment by altering, improving, or stopping some habits, like smoking (which can intensify the effects of periodontal disease).

Because periodontal therapies are customized according to the severity of the disease (and the needs of the patient), recovery timeframes and directions will differ. It is extremely important to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily to eliminate plaque and bacteria buildup between the teeth, and also visit Premier Periodontics often for exams and professional cleanings as recommended by our team.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage for periodontal treatments varies by plan and company. Our team will review your policy to help you maximize the portion of your treatments paid for by your provider. If you do not have health insurance or incur personal expenses, Premier Periodontics takes a range of payment methods to help you fit your treatment within your budget. During your consult, feel free to ask us about our special 12-month financing option to meet your periodontal needs.

Periodontal disease therapy

Though periodontal gum disease is not curable, thorough therapy and scheduled checkups by a skilled periodontal team can help you control and manage your gum and oral health. If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of periodontal gum disease, or you would like more details about the disease and treatment options we provide, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our specialty team at Premier Periodontics in Bellevue, WA right away.

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