Periodontics in Gig Harbor, WA
Preventative Care Might
Periodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on diseases that destroy the gums and other supporting structures of your smile. Likewise, a periodontist such as Dr. Bloomquist concentrates their efforts on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases.
At SoundBridge Dental Arts, we can treat mild cases of gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) to severe damage that might require surgery. Dr. Bloomquist is a skilled dentist with training in periodontics, helping her restore patients’ smiles to their original glory. Depending on their situation, she’ll use a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments to rid their smiles of disease.
Some of our patients experience bloody gums after or during their daily brushing and flossing. Swollen and bloody gums are signs that their smile might be infected. Without treatment, the infection could spread and destroy their oral structure, leading to tooth decay and extraction.
Periodontal disease refers to an infection of any structure that supports a patient’s teeth, including the gums, ligaments, and bone. This disease works in two stages. The earliest form is called gingivitis and only affects the gums. If the patient can’t control their gingivitis, it can evolve into periodontitis—which affects soft and hard tissue.
Signs & Symptoms
Gingivitis can be challenging to identify if the patient’s case is mild. They might not experience any discomfort or noticeable symptoms. In more severe cases, a patient might see:
- Red or purple gums
- Squishy gums
- Tender or sore gums
- Bleeding from gums while brushing/flossing
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Swollen gums
As for periodontitis, the signs or symptoms might include swollen or puffy gums, dark purple or red gums, tender gums, and gums that bleed easily. Beyond those symptoms, the patient might notice:
- New spaces developing between teeth
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
At SoundBridge Dental Arts, we can eliminate gingivitis—assuming that we identify it early enough. In regards to periodontitis, Dr. Bloomquist will need to clean the patient’s smile and prevent the disease from attacking their bone. There are multiple forms of treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, that she can utilize depending on the severity of the condition.
For less severe cases of gum disease, Dr. Bloomquist might advise her patients to use non-surgical treatments to reclaim a healthy smile. Some of these treatments include:
- Root planing & scaling
- Prophylaxis (deep cleaning)
Cases of severe gum disease may require surgery. Dr. Bloomquist can use specific procedures to heal the infected teeth and gums, including:
- Tissue grafting
- Pocket reduction (gingival flap)
- Crown lengthening
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As long as we identify and treat it early, Dr. Bloomquist and her team will help patients protect their smiles from gum disease and other dangerous conditions that affect the gums. If you or a loved one are suffering from any of the symptoms previously mentioned, we suggest contacting our office at Phone: (253) 857-4114. During your consultation, our periodontist, Dr. Bloomquist, will examine your oral structure, discuss your dental and medical history, and determine the ideal treatment options for your smile. We’re convenient to patients in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and throughout the South Sound area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, gum disease can be cured with the help of professional treatment combined with increased oral hygiene practices. We can clear the gum disease from your mouth and make it less likely to return with scaling and root planing.
While we can give your gums a chance to heal, taking care of your teeth and gums at home helps to keep the gum disease from returning. It’s important for you to be determined to improve your oral health alongside professional treatment if you want to cure your gum disease.
The best treatment for gum disease depends on the severity of your gum disease. In the early stages of gum disease, you may be able to reverse the problem by simply improving your oral hygiene practices. As the disease progresses, you’ll need professional treatment to recover.
The most common treatment for periodontal disease is called scaling and root planing. In the first part of the procedure, we’ll remove all the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Then the surfaces of your roots will be smoothed, called planing, to make bacteria less attracted to them.
There are three main stages of periodontal disease. The stages are as follows:
- Gingivitis: This is the mildest form of periodontal disease and can often be reversed through improved at-home oral health practices.
- Periodontitis: As periodontitis develops, the infection spreads to the bone. Your gums will begin to recede and form pockets, resulting in swelling and bleeding.
- Advanced Periodontitis: Without treatment, the pockets will deepen and become more infected. Your teeth may feel sensitive and can loosen or even fall out as the disease progresses.
During the procedure, you won’t feel pain because we’ll use anesthetic and can provide sedation if you’d like. Sedation can help you feel more comfortable and makes the procedure pass by quicker.
While the procedure doesn’t usually hurt during, you may experience some discomfort after. This is because your gums will be healing and they may require some special care. Dr. Bloomquist will give you detailed instructions on caring for your oral health after your procedure.