Periodontics is the branch of dental medicine that is focused on detecting, treating, and moreover preventing disease and problems with your gums and soft tissues. While your gums have the job of holding your teeth in place, they also protect your smile and body from the harmful bacteria found in the mouth. If left untreated, gum disease, or periodontal disease, can result in not only loose or even lost teeth but a loss of jaw mass and bad breath. It can also create complications for people with diabetes and contribute respiratory and cardiovascular problems. At Fircrest Family Dental, we offer the following periodontal treatments in Fircrest, Washington:
- Bone Grafting
- Gum Disease Treatment
- Gum Recession
- LANAP® Perio Laser Therapy
- Scaling & Root Planing
- Sinus Lift
- Soft Tissue Grafting
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, it may be easy to treat. However, without treatment from our dentist, Dr. Brian Han, it can develop into a more serious stage referred to as periodontitis, which will require more aggressive treatment. The warning signs of gum disease can include:
- Bright red or blue gums
- Gums that are swollen or tender
- Gum that bleed, especially when you brush, floss or eat
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from your teeth.
If you have noticed the symptoms of gum disease or if you would just like to see Dr. Han for an examination, call 253-843-6033 today to schedule your appointment.