Periodontal Therapy in Bothell
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease is a very common type of infection that can affect your gum and supporting bone. With over 80% of the population experiencing a mild to advanced form, periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health problems today, not to mention the leading cause of tooth loss. Many studies have shown that it links to serious illnesses like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, strokes, diabetes, and more. At Annigan Dental, Dr. Henry Hsue and the rest of our team strive to locate and treat periodontal disease as quickly as possible. Your health and comfort are important to us, which is why we offer multiple therapy options so that we can be sure to handle your unique case as smoothly and effectively as possible.
How do I know if I’m suffering from periodontal disease?
Gum disease is most often a painless condition and can be difficult for people to detect without professional help. Some common symptoms you might notice when practicing oral hygiene at home include:
- Gums that are unusually red, puffy, or tender
- Gums that bleed when you brush and/or floss
- Bad breath that isn’t cured by diligent homecare and/or mouthwash
- Teeth that feel strangely loose
- Teeth that appear longer (a sign of a receding gumline)
However, even if you don’t notice any of these signs, it’s still very important to attend regular check-ups with Dr. Hsue. There are many cases in which periodontal disease may not be noticeable to an untrained eye until it’s progressed to a more advanced stage.
Personalized Therapy Options
Periodontal disease causes the gums to move away from the teeth, which is what leads to greater chances of infection, decay, and even tooth loss. Our goal is to reattach the gums and help you maintain that reattachment through treatments designed around your unique case. If we catch the presence of periodontal disease very early on, more frequent cleanings may be all that’s needed to combat any ill effects. For more moderate cases, we often recommend a special, in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing, which deals with removing plaque and toxins that have formed along the gum line and smoothing out any rough spots on the surfaces of your tooth roots.
For more advanced cases that does not respond to scaling and root planning treatment alone, more advanced care such as gum surgeries, bone grafting or antibiotic treatment may be necessary. It is very important for people with a history of periodontal disease to practice good home care and maintain the recommended interval of follow-up evaluations and more frequent in office cleanings in order to prevent a recurrence of the disease.
We can’t wait to help you achieve true oral health and happiness! Contact Annigan Dental today if you have any questions about our periodontal treatment, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment. Our team welcomes patients of all ages and even whole families to come in and enjoy our dedicated approach to comprehensive, quality care. We’re located in Bothell, WA, and we also serve the areas of Kirkland, Mill Creek, Woodinville, Kenmore, Kingsgate, Lake Forest Park, and beyond.