What is gum disease?

At Lake City Way Dental Center, we are committed to taking care of your entire smile, including your gums and soft tissues. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is one of the most common conditions that afflict our patients’ gums. It begins as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, and then progresses to the point where your gum tissue begins to decay and dissolve. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth and even bone loss. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our friendly dentist, is ready to prevent and treat gum disease in Seattle, Washington with skill and compassion.

What are the signs of gum disease?

You may have gum disease if you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss
  • Swollen, unusually red, or tender gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

We offer many different treatments, based on your individual needs, to help you maintain the health and appearance of your gums.

How is scaling and root planing done?

Our first line of defense against gum disease is scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning methods, scaling and root planing are used to smooth your tooth’s surface to prevent lingering decay and to remove diseased gum tissue. We will also provide you with instructions on how to care for your gums at home after your scaling and root planing appointment. Full mouth debridement, a more comprehensive cleaning, is available for more severe cases. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, please call our dental office today.