At Seattle Crown Hill Dental in Seattle, WA, we provide high-quality periodontal care to help our patients who are struggling with gum disease to improve their oral health and experience greater well-being. Gum disease affects almost 50 percent of adults age 30 and up, and can cause significant harm when left untreated. Fortunately, our expert team is here to help and can get you headed in the right direction. Book your appointment online or give us a call today to get started!
Gum disease occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth — the gums — become infected by bacteria. Also called periodontal disease, the infection can be the result of poor oral hygiene, genetics, co-occurring health conditions, or unidentified causes, and can lead to significant damage to your mouth, including your teeth and your jaw, if left untreated.
In the early stages of gum disease, you may not notice any symptoms at all. However, as time passes, you’ll experience things like bleeding gums, inflamed and swelling gum tissue, discomfort, and even loose teeth. If left untreated, more serious symptoms can occur, including the loss of a significant amount of bone tissue, damage to your teeth and jaw, tooth loss and even additional health complications in the rest of your body.
Most people who are diagnosed with gum disease are treated using a simple procedure called scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this process is related to a regular dental cleaning, but involves focusing on cleaning out the pockets of infected gum tissue that develop over time, as well as removing the buildup of plaque and tartar on the roots of your teeth. We typically recommend that patients with gum disease schedule a deep cleaning at least twice a year, however, more frequent appointments may be needed for more severe cases.
We know it’s a privilege to be trusted with your dental care. Our expert team will always make the effort to give you not just great service but a kind, compassionate attitude along with it. Give us a call today or book your appointment online!