5615 Valley Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98424
Periodontal Gum Disease
Gum Disease Tacoma – Get Treatment for Gingivitis Before it’s Too Late!
Many people understand the importance of taking proper care of their teeth, which includes visiting the dentist immediately when you suspect a problem. However, another essential element of your oral health are your gums, and yet proper gum care is often taken for granted. It is a common misconception that sensitive or bleeding gums is a normal occurrence that will “go away on its own” when, in fact, this could be a sign that you are suffering from periodontal disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
If you would like to diagnose your symptoms and combat the effects of periodontal disease, your ideal solution is to contact Dr. Keith Phillips and team in Tacoma, WA, for professional periodontal care.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious condition caused by an accumulation of plaque on your teeth, particularly at the gum line. Plaque is a naturally occurring bacteria that must be removed daily with brushing and flossing. Otherwise, it can harden into tartar, leading to an infection below the gum line that begins to affect the structure of your tooth roots and jaw bone.
This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which your dentist can detect during your regular dental checkup. We evaluate your gum line and the spaces between your teeth to determine whether gum recession and bone decline, common symptoms of gum disease, have begun.
If caught early, gingivitis can be stopped from progressing and eliminated entirely through non-surgical methods, including deep cleaning, root planing and antibiotic medications. Failing to visit your dentist in a timely manner, however, can lead to a severe stage of periodontal disease. At this stage, the bacteria permanently damages the gums and bone structure, loosening the teeth and often causing tooth loss. Although severe periodontal disease cannot be reversed, it can be treated through a combination of laser gum surgery and dental implants.
Our sophisticated dental office is fully equipped with a series of advanced tools, including our laser decay diagnosis technology, to ensure early treatment and a complete reversal of gum disease. If your distinct case progresses to an irreversible stage, we are skilled at fully restoring your dental health with help from our experienced prosthodontist Dr. Phillips.
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To learn more about the prevention and treatment of gum disease in please do not hesitate to call or email us today. Serving dental patients throughout the greater Tacoma area, our mission is to provide the highest quality dental care in a comfortable environment.