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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Tukwila, WA

Healthy Gums, Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smile

A healthy smile doesn’t just consist of white, cavity-free teeth—it also requires pink, firm gums. In fact, without healthy gums, your teeth wouldn’t be able to function or stay in place. That is why taking care of your gums is as equally important as caring for your teeth. Whether it’s through routine cleanings for mild gingivitis or more intensive periodontal therapy in Tukwila, WA to address advanced gum disease, Dr. Timmerman and our team can help you keep your smile strong for many years to come.

Why Choose Lance Timmerman, DMD for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?

  • Soft Tissue Lasers Deliver Fast & Painless Treatment
  • Dental Insurance Accepted
  • Sedation Offered for Nervous Patients

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Animation of advanced gum disease

Dental offices use what is called a periodontal probe to measure the pockets between the teeth and gums where harmful bacteria can gather. There is ALWAYS a pocket, so there is never a depth of zero. Normal and healthy numbers are 2-3 mm, the depth that bristles of toothbrushes can completely reach to keep things clean. If a 4 is discovered, then inflammation is present, and a depth of 5 mm or more means irreversible bone loss.

Once bone is lost around a tooth, it will never come back, and our efforts will be focused on merely controlling the disease and preventing further damage.

Screening for Gum Disease

X-ray of smile with gum disease damage

Dr. Timmerman uses all available tools to assess your gum health:

  • Periodontal probe
  • Radiographic survey
  • OralDNA tests for high risk patients
  • DSLR and intraoral cameras

Only after a proper screening can a patient’s periodontal status be fully understood.

Bacterial Infection

Animation of smile with gum disease

Some people assume, and some dental offices even say, that gum disease is from not brushing or from tartar (calculus) buildup. This is not true. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and must be treated as such. This includes OralDNA testing to determine WHICH bacterium is present, at what levels, and which methods to treat are most appropriate.

Frequency of Treatment

Smiling older man in dental chair

It takes periodontal bacteria just 12 weeks to gather together in large enough amounts to destroy bone. If you can be seen every 3 months after being diagnosed with gum disease, you can prevent further bone loss, but more importantly, you can control the amount of bacteria present. This can literally save your life.