Gum Disease Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

Around 65 million Americans suffer from gum disease, making it one of the most common oral health issues today. At Smile Now® Dental in Arlington, Tacoma, and Spanaway, Washington, the skilled dental care team offers gum disease treatment that can help you avoid serious complications like tooth loss. Click the online scheduler or call the office location nearest you for gum disease treatment now.

Gum Disease Q & A

What are the symptoms of early-stage gum disease?

If you have the earliest stage of gum disease — gingivitis — you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swollen gums
  • Red gum tissue
  • Discomfort or pain when you touch your mouth
  • Light bleeding when you spit after brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath

Some gingivitis sufferers also notice that their gums look shinier and smoother than usual.

What are the symptoms of advanced gum disease?

If your gingivitis isn’t treated promptly, the problem generally worsens until you have periodontitis. In periodontitis, the bacteria causing the gingivitis creeps below your gum line. Soon, the bone and connective tissue keeping your teeth secure are damaged.

If you suffer from periodontitis, you may have new symptoms including loose teeth and gum recession. There also may be consistent bleeding during brushing and flossing. Without aggressive gum disease treatment at this point, you're likely to develop advanced periodontitis.

In advanced periodontitis, the last stage of gum disease, your teeth are likely to become very loose and you may notice your teeth shifting. Sometimes the damage is severe enough to require extractions and implants or dentures at this point.

What is the best gum disease treatment?

Gum disease treatment depends on your stage of gum disease and the severity of its impacts. Your Smile Now Dental provider customizes your gum disease treatment based on your unique situation. Gingivitis and periodontitis can be reversible with your dentist's help. Your treatment may include:

  • Dental cleaning: standard dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar above the gum line
  • Scaling and root planing: deep dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar above and below the gums
  • Dental rinses: prescription antimicrobial rinses for use at home every day

If you are suffering from advanced periodontitis, you may need extractions if your teeth can't be saved. In some cases, you may also need bone and gum grafting to replace lost tissue before proceeding with tooth replacement options like dentures or dental implants.

You can beat gum disease with excellent dental care at home and with regular visits to your Smile Now Dental provider. To get the best oral care and effective gum disease treatments, book your appointment at Smile Now Dental through the online scheduler or by calling the location nearest you today.