At Renton Smile Dentistry, we want all of our patients to receive clean bills of health during their twice-yearly checkups. But, even with regular cleanings and proper oral care, serious dental issues like gum disease can still occur.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line which, when left untreated, can negatively impact the bone that supports your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can include everything from swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, to persistent bad breath.
Dr. Kaur is committed to diagnosing and treating gum disease using the most advanced techniques possible. She, along with our entire staff of Renton gum disease specialists, work hard to ensure that all preventive measures are taken, including patient education.
Signs Of Gum Disease
While the signs of gum disease might be apparent to a gum disease specialist, most patients in the early stages don't even know they have it. This is because the indicators may not appear until the disease has advanced to a critical point, one that could require periodontal services to treat.
But, just because emerging signs of gum disease aren't always obvious, it doesn't mean they are not noticeable. Dr. Kaur, along with her highly-trained gum specialist support staff, is focused on educating all of her patients on the subtle signs of gum disease, including:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
If you are suffering from one or more of these gum disease symptoms, know that you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of Americans over the age of 30 show signs of gum disease.
Concerned that gum disease may have a negative impact on your smile? Dr. Kaur and the gum specialists at Renton Smile Dentistry can assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan tailored to your dental needs.
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Kaur how non-surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Renton Smile Dentistry.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Kaur offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop the progression of gum disease. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Some patients require dental crown lengthening as part of the preparation for the final crown restoration of an impacted tooth. If necessary, Dr. Kaur will perform a crown lengthening to extend the size or height of a portion of your tooth to better stabilize the dental crown.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, can be treated in a range of manners depending upon the severity of your case. If Dr. Kaur determines that yours includes an infection that is hard to reach, she might prescribe Arestin, an antibiotic treatment that eliminates the infection in the deep gum pockets of your mouth.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your twice-yearly cleaning at Renton Smile Dentistry involves scaling your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar. We also polish to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface.
Nevertheless, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different, more in-depth type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Kaur performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients diagnosed with or susceptible to gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Root Surface debridement (RSD) is a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Dr. Kaur uses root surface debridement to remove deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Dr. Kaur and our entire dental staff are focused on providing the best gum disease treatment options to our patients.
Call Renton Smile Dentistry today for more information on our gum disease treatment options!