Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that affects almost half of all adults. The condition happens when the gum line is attacked by bacteria and plaque, usually due to lack of regular oral hygiene. Initially, this causes gums to appear swollen and irritated. They may bleed during brushing and flossing. As the condition progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth creating empty voids known as pockets which can become home to harmful material. This allows gum disease to spread throughout the mouth and can ultimately lead to tooth loss and bone deterioration.
We offer a wide range of periodontal treatments to repair and restore your teeth and gums to a healthy stage, and we help you recover from early as well as advanced stages of gum disease.
For treating periodontal problems in their early stage, we use a non-surgical treatment known as scaling and root planing. This is an intensive cleaning and scraping using dental instruments to clean off tartar deposits below the gumline. Once the mouth is clean and free of tartar and bacteria, the root surfaces are planed out to prevent bacterial redeposits and re-infection.
For treating advanced stages of gum disease, we offer surgical treatments such as grafting, crown lengthening, gingivectomy, laser gum treatment, pocket reduction procedures, and pinhole gum rejuvenation. The aim of all of these treatments is to reduce the depth of the periodontal pockets and to help the gum tissue heal and reattach to the teeth.
We also offer sinus lift procedures that can be used to add bone to the maxillary sinuses when teeth missing in the upper jaw need to be replaced using dental implants.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, please do not delay getting professional treatment. Contact the office of Smile Matters Inc. today. You can reach us at (206) 201-0656. Our practice is located at 509 Olive Way, Suite 1033, Seattle, WA 98101.