Periodontics in Gig Harbor, WA

Preventive Care Might Save Your Smile

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 & Sleep Therapy, 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.

Periodontal 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
  • New spaces developing between teeth
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth

Treatment

At SoundBridge Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, 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.   

Non-Surgical Treatment

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)
  • Antibiotics

Surgical Treatment 

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

Contact SoundBridge Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy

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. 

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