Issaquah Dentist Offering Periodontal Therapy
Gum Disease Treatment
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Has your gum line gradually receded? Do you have bad breath? These are some of the signs of gum disease. About 80% of the population is affected by gum disease. It is a chronic condition which includes gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of your gums leading to bleeding when flossing or brushing. Untreated gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. Periodontitis is inflammation of your gums leading to destruction of bone and structures surrounding your teeth. Some of the risk factors contributing to gum disease include smoking, pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, certain medications, ill-fitting crowns and bridges, teeth grinding, and genetics. Regardless of the cause, untreated gum disease will ultimately lead to infection and tooth loss. If you want to better your overall oral health, please contact Eastside Family Dentistry immediately. We can help with periodontal therapy in our Issaquah office.
Gum disease occurs when plaque, a byproduct of the bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth, becomes accumulated and manages to work its way underneath your gums. Once bacteria has reached this point, they begin to actively destroy the connective tissue between your teeth and the gums. Left untouched, saliva calcifies the plaque on your teeth to create tartar (calculus). Tartar is debris and dead bacteria. The only way to remove tartar from the roots of your teeth is through a procedure called scaling and root planing. For your comfort, topical or local anesthetic is used for periodontal cleanings. After removing the buildup of tartar from the roots of your teeth, the periodontal pockets are flushed with antimicrobial mouth wash and local antibiotics are delivered to aid in the healing process. At 3 or 4 months, periodontal maintenance follow up treatment will be performed to prevent bacteria from recolonizing the pockets and preventing the progression of gum disease.
With root planing and scaling, Dr. Cristescu and the Eastside Family Dentistry can help halt the progression of gum disease and improve the overall wellbeing of your gums. Please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have about this procedure.
Please contact us today to schedule a periodontal therapy consultation at Eastside Family Dentistry. We provide periodontal therapy to patients from all over Washington, including the areas of Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish, Bellevue, and Seattle. If this is going to be your first appointment at Eastside Family Dentistry, we ask that you please take a brief moment to review the information we have posted on our new patients page.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and root planing)
If it has been a while since your last dental visit, and you have noticed a build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth you may fit this category. If plaque has been allowed to sit on your teeth and gums for one reason or another, it will start to harden from the minerals in your saliva. This hardened plaque is called tartar or calculus. If this occurs the bacteria in your mouth will multiply in these areas and create an increase in bleeding. This is called gingivitis. Your body tries to fight off the extra bacteria accumulation by sending blood cells to the area. This is why your gums will bleed easier.
According to the Centers for Disease Control over half the adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. If gingivitis is present for an extended period of time the bacteria will change and keep multiplying. This will eventually lead to loss of bone around your teeth. If you fit this category, you have periodontal disease. This is when your periodontium breaks down. Once you get this bone loss around your teeth it will not grow back. A deep cleaning focuses on 1/4th of your mouth at a time. At each visit we will remove the tarter, flush the pocket around your tooth with a prescription mouthwash and make sure the teeth are as smooth as possible. Our dental hygienists will also go over your home-care routine to make sure you have every tool possible to keep your teeth healthy and clean. We want to make sure you understand and have the knowledge to maintain a healthy smile. After all four sections of your mouth are clean we will have you back in 2 -3 weeks to make sure your body has responded well to the cleaning.
If there is no bleeding left, and your gums have reached a state of health, a recall visit will be set accordingly. If there are still a couple areas of bleeding or tarter building up fast you may need a sooner recall visit. Some people come in every 3 to 4 months to keep their teeth healthy. It usually takes about 4 months for the bacteria to build under the gum-line. Gum disease is usually painless; and can go unnoticed for years. This is why it is important to see your dental professional at lease every 6 months.
This is a cleaning in which you have had some form of periodontal disease in the past or present. If you have bone loss there are more areas in your mouth for the tarter to adhere to and the bacteria to hide. It is harder for you to maintain and keep your teeth clean. Therefore, we will make sure at this visit that all these hard to get areas are clean and your smile is looking great. Our goal here is to maintain the periodontium so no further bone loss occurs. Some people have periodontal maintenance recall visits every 3-4 months and even 6 months is possible with great home care. At Eastside Family Dentistry our goal is to help you keep a great smile. What you were born with is the absolute best, so it is our job to answer any questions you may have. We give you knowledge, home care suggestions, and comprehensive treatment in our office.