Periodontal treatment protects your gums from disease and treats any infections. At Federal Way Dental in Federal Way, Washington, Albert Lim, DMD, David Rubinov, DDS, and the team offer periodontal services that include deep cleanings, gum grafts, and preventive care. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Periodontal treatment at Federal Way Dental focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It develops when plaque –– a mixture of food, bacteria, and saliva –– hardens on the surfaces of your teeth. Improper at-home dental hygiene and poor compliance with professional cleanings can cause gingivitis.
When gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into full gum disease, or periodontitis.
Periodontitis causes your gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets, which can cause severe infections that can lead to bone loss and tooth decay.
The following symptoms suggest that your gums may benefit from periodontal treatment:
Gum recession is also a possible sign of gum disease that requires the expert care from the team at Federal Way Dental.
If you have gum disease, treatment depends on its severity and type of infection you have. Your provider may recommend one or more of the following:
Patients with mild to moderate gum disease benefit from a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, your provider removes plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces, including beneath your gums and in gum pockets. Removing the buildup means your gums can heal.
If you have a serious infection that could risk further gum recession or bone loss, you can benefit from antibiotic therapy. You’re prescribed oral antibiotics to wipe out the infection, and you need to complete the entire dose provided for best results. Antibiotic therapy is usually a complement to other treatments.
If periodontal disease has caused your gums to recede, you might be a candidate for gum grafting. Receding gums expose the roots underneath, increasing your risk of tooth decay, bone loss, and sensitivity. A gum graft replaces the lost tissue around your teeth.
Call Federal Way Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about periodontal treatment.