Periodontal disease is caused by a variety of contributing conditions. These conditions create unhealthy, infected gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease, or gum disease, can lead to the loss of teeth and even bone infection. The early stages of gum disease are generally painless, making it difficult for individuals to recognize that there is a problem. Regular visits to our dentist office in Seattle, like Timothy J. Butson, DMD, MSD, are the best way to prevent and combat periodontal disease for Seattle, WA patients.
Warning signs of periodontal disease include things like:
- Swollen, red gums
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Tenderness and pain
- Shifts in spacing between teeth
- Continual bad breath
Treatment for periodontal disease is required to maintain healthy teeth and gums. While periodontal disease can begin early in life, it commonly develops when people are in their 30s and 40s. Keeping good dental care habits and scheduling regular cleanings with your Seattle, WA periodontist is imperative for avoiding gum disease.
Gum disease starts as gingivitis and progresses to periodontitis. Plaque buildup is the biggest contributor to gingivitis. Bacteria in plaque produces toxins which inflame and irritate gums. It can cause gaps to occur between the teeth and gums. Tartar may begin to build up both above and below the gum line.
If not treated by a family dentist, gingivitis will progress into periodontitis. At that stage the gum tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place begin to be seriously affected. This advanced stage of gum disease causes deterioration in the bone and gum tissue, resulting in tooth loss and even serious bacterial infection.
Seattle Periodontal Treatment
Dentists in Seattle can help prevent and treat the various forms of periodontal disease. Timothy J. Butson, DMD, MSD is able to help prevent, diagnose, and treat all forms of periodontal disease. As a Seattle periodontics practitioner, Timothy J. Butson, DMD, MSD has expertise in the full scope of everything from gum disease to cosmetic periodontal surgery.
If you are concerned you may have gum disease, or it has been a while since your last visit to a periodontal dentist, contact our Seattle, WA dentists office for an appointment today. Letting gum disease go untreated can lead to serious dental and health issues.
Contact our Seattle, WA office at 206-624-4406 or find us at 600 University Street, in One Union Square.