Gum Disease Specialist

Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Your gums are an essential component in your overall oral health, so it’s important to treat them well. The talented team of dentists at Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard are proficient in preventing and treating gum disease and can make sure that your gums stay strong and healthy. To learn more, call the Seattle office or request an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of your gums that the bacteria that naturally build up on your teeth when you eat or drink causes. When you don’t remove this bacteria with regular brushing and flossing, it irritates and eventually infects the gums.

Gum disease occurs in two stages:

Gingivitis

During gingivitis, your gums are irritated from the buildup of bacteria and can bleed easily when you brush or floss. Gingivitis is reversible, though, and doesn’t damage the gum tissue or underlying bone. If gingivitis is left untreated, however, it can develop into periodontitis.

Periodontitis

When you have periodontitis, your gums get so irritated that they begin to pull away from the bacteria on your teeth. This recession causes “pockets” to form in between your gums and teeth that collect debris and bacteria, further irritating your gums and causing them to pull away even more.

This cycle continues until the bacteria makes its way down to the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place, infecting and damaging those structures and eventually causing your teeth to dislodge from their sockets.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease is known to develop “silently,” frequently presenting few noticeable symptoms until the disease has already progressed to its more serious stages. You might notice some symptoms along the way, though, such as:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth, sometimes causing your teeth to look long
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • A change in your bite, or the way your teeth feel when your mouth is closed
  • Loose teeth or shifting teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

The team of experts at Sunrise Dental track the depth of any pockets between your teeth and gums during your regular dental exams to ensure that you’re not developing signs of gum disease, so be sure to maintain regular dental checkups!

What are my treatment options for gum disease?

The best treatment for gum disease is prevention, of which proper and regular brushing and flossing achieve. If you’ve developed gingivitis or periodontitis, however, there are a number of treatment options that the dental professionals at Sunrise Dental provide to get your gums back in good shape, such as:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Bone grafts and soft tissue grafts
  • Antibiotics to treat any infection

If you suspect that you’re developing any form of gum disease, schedule an appointment immediately with the skilled team at Sunrise Dental, and get started on the road towards good oral health.