Periodontal Therapy in Kirkland, WA

You only get one set of teeth, and you need to do everything you can to protect them for life! Keeping your natural teeth into your golden years goes beyond daily brushing and keeping cavities away – your gums and tooth roots should be taken care of too!

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80% of dentists in America focus on individual teeth and overlook the importance of healthy roots and gums. This is concerning because the majority of tooth loss is not caused by cavities or decay but by periodontal disease (aka gum disease). That’s why we’ve made it our mission to take a holistic approach to how we treat our patients by looking at the whole mouth. Instead of you coming back for multiple treatments, we strive to take care of all your concerns in a single appointment with our periodontal therapy program.

A patient with gum disease needing periodontal therapy in Kirkland and Seattle, WA.

A Holistic Approach To Dental Health

Gum and tooth root issues can lead to several serious issues that can cause a lot of pain, emotional distress, and costly treatments. Here are some of the key concerns:

  • Increased Tooth Sensitivity: Do you find yourself wincing every time you eat or drink cold, hot, sweet, or sour food and drinks? That’s because your tooth roots lack the protective enamel layer that keeps sensitivity at bay.
  • Tooth Decay and Cavities: Your vulnerable tooth root surface is exposed when your gums receed due to periodontal disease. This can lead to cavities forming on the root surface.
  • Tooth Loss: The supporting bone and tissue around the teeth deteriorate in severe cases of gum disease. This weakens the tooth’s grip and can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
  • Bad Breath (Halitosis): Have you noticed you continually have bad breath even after brushing? Gum disease is a breeding ground for the bacteria responsible for causing a stink.
  • Increased Risk of Systemic Health Problems: Research shows a link between gum disease and other health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Addressing Gum Concerns at Manson & Chi Dentistry

We prioritize treating gum disease effectively, knowing the potentially far-reaching consequences it can have. That’s why we have developed comprehensive periodontal therapy programs designed to achieve a healthier smile in just one visit. This streamlined approach minimizes disruptions to your busy schedule while delivering significant results.

Our periodontal therapy programs typically involve a combination of advanced therapies and technologies, including the innovative Airflow® MAX. This gentle yet powerful system utilizes a pressurized stream of air, water, and micro-fine particles to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) buildup both above and below the gum line. This minimally invasive approach effectively cleans and promotes gum health without discomfort.

In addition to the Airflow® MAX, our periodontal therapy programs often incorporate scaling and root planing. This involves deep cleaning the tooth roots to remove bacteria and toxins. Scaling uses specialized instruments to remove these deposits from the tooth crown’s surface. Root planing smooths the roughened tooth-root surfaces to make it harder for plaque to reattach. This promotes gum healing and reattachment to the clean root surface.

Antibiotics (while not always necessary) may be used in specific situations alongside scaling and root planing. This can be particularly beneficial for severe infections or certain types of gum disease. Antibiotics target and eliminate remaining bacteria after the initial cleaning, promoting healing and reducing the risk of reinfection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs I might need periodontal therapy?

Common signs you might need periodontal therapy include:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Redness, swelling, or tenderness of the gums
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums, where the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the root surface

Is periodontal therapy painful?

Modern periodontal therapy techniques prioritize minimizing discomfort. Local anesthesia is often used during scaling and root planing procedures to numb the area. Our dentists use advanced technologies like the Airflow® MAX fo a gentle and comfortable cleaning experience.

How long will my treatment take?

One of the benefits of our approach at Manson & Chi Dentistry is achieving noticeable results in one visit. Our comprehensive periodontal therapy programs combine advanced techniques to efficiently address gum concerns.

Is periodontal therapy expensive?

Preventive periodontal care becomes a valuable investment in your long-term oral health when compared to the potential costs associated with tooth loss or treating severe gum disease complications.

One of our Kirkland dentists performing a deep cleaning as part of periodontal therapy

Combat Gum Disease Today!

Don’t allow gum disease to run rampant and cause damage to your oral health. Trust our dentists to effectively eradicate gum disease with our periodontal therapy. To learn more or schedule your consultation, call Manson & Chi Dentistry at (425) 553-0153 today!

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