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Gum Disease Treatment in Issaquah

If you suffer from gum disease, our experts in Issaquah provide treatments that can restore the health to your gums.

Periodontitis

Also termed periodontal disease, periodontitis is a type of gum disease which surrounds your teeth. It is among the primary reasons for tooth decay in adults. Since this problem is asymptomatic for many patients, the disease can progress to advanced stages completely unnoticed. It is therefore important to visit your dentist regularly, as your dental practitioner will check your teeth for any indications of periodontal disease by measuring the depth of “pockets”, or the gaps which form between your gums and teeth.

What leads to gum disease?

The major reason behind gum disease is excessive buildup of plaque, a sticky kind of bacterial formation on the surface of your teeth. It can usually be removed through regular brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. However, if not eliminated properly, it will continue to collect on the teeth, creating toxins which have the potential to destroy the gums and the underlying bone structure. Periodontal disease forms exactly below the gum line and forms small pockets which create tiny voids between the teeth and gums. It mainly consists of two stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.

Gingivitis — This is the initial stage of this harmful disease. A patient may experience their gums becoming red, swollen, and easily bled as some signs and symptoms. At this phase, the disease can be controlled and reversed by brushing and flossing regularly, and a thorough cleaning at a dentist, to remove existing plaque formations.

Periodontitis — After a period of time without proper treatment or preventive measures, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis. It can severely and irreversibly damage the gums and bone supporting the teeth. This stage can infect the gums which could ultimately result in the teeth becoming loose, easily falling out, or necessitating extraction through the assistance of a dentist.

The following are primary contributors to increasing risk of developing periodontal disease, including:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Improperly-fitted bridges
  • Pre-existing dental fillings
  • Twisted or crooked teeth
  • Different types of medication, such as: anti-epilepsy drugs, calcium channel blockers, oral contraceptives, cancer therapy drugs, and steroids

It is likely that you may not realize that you have periodontal disease, but here are a few of the symptoms to watch for:

  • Red, tender, and swollen gums which may bleed very easily
  • Gumline retracting away from the teeth
  • Loosening or separation of permanent teeth
  • Occurrence of pus between your gums and teeth
  • Marked change in your bite pattern
  • Change in partial dentures fitment
  • Bitter taste or unexplained persistent bad breath

Gum Disease 

The treatment of periodontal disease can differ depending on the intensity of each individual case. Typical treatments are as follows:

Preventing Gum Disease

In order to maintain your health and ensure a long lasting smile, visiting your dentist for regular checkups and periodontal examinations is highly recommended and encouraged. You can also reduce the chances of being afflicted by gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene at home. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, clean between your teeth, and eat a well-balanced diet, especially minimizing your sugar intake. Don’t forget to schedule regular dental visits to obtain a healthier and brighter smile.

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Sue Skelton

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:59+00:00

Sue Skelton

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

We are very glad to have her in our area

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

Elizabeth Watkins

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:23+00:00

Elizabeth Watkins

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

I constantly refer patients to her

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Kathryn Campbell

5.0
2016-03-05T06:28:00+00:00

Kathryn Campbell

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

My best dental experience ever!!

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Pratyusha Naidu

5.0
2016-03-05T06:27:12+00:00

Pratyusha Naidu

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Vanama and her team provide the best possible care

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

Ed Wilhelme

5.0
2016-03-29T14:55:23+00:00

Ed Wilhelme

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

Susan Draughon

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:06+00:00

Susan Draughon

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

I have much confidence in her as a dentist

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Nicholas Moe

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:41+00:00

Nicholas Moe

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit

Alyason Mitchell

5.0
2016-03-29T14:58:17+00:00

Alyason Mitchell

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit
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