Gum (periodontal) disease is an ongoing infection in the gums, which may result in significant damage to the underlying jaw structures that support your teeth if not treated properly. It is also the primary cause of tooth loss among adult patients today. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The first phase is gingivitis and is caused by a buildup of plaque under and around the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis can develop into the next phase, known as periodontitis, which affects the bone and fibers that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the final phase of gum disease and may cause tooth mobility and lead to tooth loss. To treat the various stages of periodontal disease, Premier Periodontics offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatments, including scaling and root planing, perioscopy, antibiotics, laser gum surgery, and osseous surgery. When you have symptoms of a gum infection, get in touch with our office in Bellevue, WA to schedule an examination with our experienced periodontal specialists.
Periodontal Disease Reviews
"I am a longtime patient of Premier Periodontics with my first visit in the 1980s with Dr Wil Fernyhough. Dr Fernyhough was on the forefront of treating periodontal disease. Yesterday, I had my first appointment with Dr Huynh-Ba, who is now my periodontist following the retirement of Dr Fernyhough. I am so fortunate to have Dr Ba as my new Periodontist and am confident he will take care of any dental issues in the years to come. The professional team approach continues at Premier Periodontics."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"Professional and kind from front desk to back staff to doctor. Things go smoothly at this office and everyone seems so helpful and happy to be working there. When having a periodontal surgery it is reassuring to be in such a good environment. Excellent."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"It’s the most accommodating place to have to go to. They have the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and extremely patient office staff who will take all the time you need to get all of your questions answered. They also will not only bend over backwards to schedule an appointment that fits your schedule for whatever it is that you need to have done, but they will even go the extra mile to help with finding a way to get you there. My doctor took his time to thoroughly explain his procedure and to make sure that I had all my questions answered. He also did everything possible to turn what is normally avoided and considered to be a dreaded place to be at into a rather pleasant and pain free experience."- H.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"Mary Jo is a great hygienist. I wrote about her before, but I'm happy to do so again. She is professional yet friendly and does a thorough job of treating my gums and cleaning my teeth."- J.C. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"The office staff are very friendly. They are amazing and funny. They all laugh alot and make the place feel comfortable. Becca is such a huge help. And the doctor is so helpful and kind. However every staff are knowledgable and strive to make each person feel comfortable and at home."- C.V. / Google / Feb 17, 2020
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
While you may notice signs of gum disease in your mouth, pain is typically not a symptom until advanced damage has occurred. Common symptoms of a periodontal infection include:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Sore or red gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Changes in the bite or teeth positioning
- Tooth sensitivity (hot or cold temperatures)
It is also important to understand that your gums may look and feel normal, but periodontal disease could still be causing significant problems in your mouth. Undergoing routine gum disease screenings can help identify problems early on. Gum disease can also impact your general health and has been linked to a number of serious systemic medical conditions.
What to Expect
Periodontal disease treatments will be determined by the severity of the disease. Treating is as early as possible can minimize oral damage and decrease your need for surgery, the risk of tooth loss, and the threat of other oral problems. For cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically performed to deep clean the gum pockets. Locally delivered antibiotics may also be placed in these areas to target harmful bacteria. Perioscopy may also be used alongside SRP to give our team a better view of the surfaces below the gumline. More advanced cases of periodontal disease are generally treated with a laser gum surgery approach.
Depending upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery time will vary. While you may require a few separate appointments at Premier Periodontics to completely treat your gum condition, we work efficiently and strive to minimize the number of visits for your care. After your periodontal treatment is complete, it is important to keep up with periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 – 4 months as the oral bacteria that cause gum disease grow rapidly beyond 90 days. We will collaborate closely with your general dentist and may alternate these visits between our practice and theirs. To manage your periodontal health between visits, we recommend that you stick to a very thorough oral hygiene routine at home. Our team can provide tips on the best methods and tools to use to help manage your gum condition.
Coverage for gum disease treatment will depend upon the severity of the conditions, as well as the procedures required to treat it. If you have dental insurance, our office will talk to your insurance company to determine your coverage amounts and estimate any personal costs. Premier Periodontics accepts an array of payment options and can help you find low-interest medical financing. Please talk to our team if you are concerned about costs. Avoiding periodontal care due to financial concerns can lead to bigger problems and more expensive treatments.
Improve periodontal health
Gum disease will continue to progress if you do not receive the proper therapy so it is necessary to get expert help when any signs occur. At Premier Periodontics, we work with you and your general dentist to improve your gum health and avoid future instances of active infection. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our skilled periodontists, contact our office in Bellevue, WA today.
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