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Gum Disease

Best Gum Disease Treatment provider in Kirkland, WA area

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a common condition that threatens your oral health, the general state of wellness, and quality of life. The good news is gum disease can be prevented. And its effects can even be reversed when treated effectively early into the disease process.

Along with the Kingsgate Dental Clinic team in Kirkland, WA, Dr. Ann Kelley educates patients about the risks of gum disease. We also pinpoint unique risk factors and discuss specific techniques and products to address those risks. Gingivitis, or early-stage inflammation, may be asymptomatic. So, it is important to maintain regular check-ups and cleanings at our office. We can detect early signs of gum disease that may be subtle or “silent.” Modifications to oral hygiene can resolve gingivitis. A “deep clean,” or scaling and root planing, may be recommended to resolve more extensive gum disease.

It is important to understand that gum disease won’t get better without treatment. It continues to progress. Missing even one professional cleaning can cause irreversible damage to the gums that attach to and support your teeth. Eventually, teeth may become loose and require extraction.

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Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatments at Dr. Kelley
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.

Much of the guidance that we provide during recall appointments have to do with controlling harmful bacteria. Oral bacteria thrive off of the starches and sugars in foods and drinks. They live in the plaque that constantly forms in your mouth. If sticky bacterial plaque is not removed with consistent brushing and flossing, it builds up. This plaque may harden to become stubborn tartar or calculus. Only a dental professional, such as our dentist and hygienists, have the specialized instruments designed to remove tartar. Additionally, our dental care team is trained in removing tartar in a safe and precise manner.

We will also use instruments to measure the depth of the spaces between the teeth and gums during your cleanings. These pockets grow larger as periodontal disease progresses. Eventually, gum disease erodes the soft and hard tissues. Pocket depth helps to inform our understanding of the extent of disease present in your mouth, which further informs our approaches to treatment.

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Minor inflammation may be resolved with changes to recommendations on how to brush and floss more effectively. We may also integrate specialized products, such as rinses and interdental brushes, into your oral care routine. More advanced disease may be resolved with professional cleaning, scaling and root planing, and other techniques that eradicate harmful bacteria and promote healthy attachment between the gums and teeth.

What our patients say about Gum Disease Treatment

Small issue with my tooth but they fit me in quickly and diagnosed the issue. The staff is friendly and professional and they always include me in the decision making. LA Jones
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Do not wait for symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding or tenderness, to arise. This condition is not only a leading cause of tooth loss, but associated bacteria and inflammation are also linked to serious medical problems like cardiovascular disease - call (425) 385-0080 to schedule your appointment.

The team at Kingsgate Dental Clinic is here to support you in your oral health goals. Schedule your checkup and cleaning in our Kirkland office.
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Dr. Ann Kelley is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. She highly values the comfort of her patients, and places the needs of the patient above her convenience. Her dental clinic is built to bring the best and most comfortable dental experience to all her patients. She builds relationships with her patients based on trust and always acts to safeguard this trust.

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Damen CReviews on Google
Gum Disease Kirkland - 5 Star Rating Review I have gone to Kingsgate Dental for about two years now, and every experience has been excellent. Dr. Kelley is very knowledgeable and very thorough with her analysis of the issues that I have faced with my teeth. The staff is polite and always happy to answer any questions that I have and give me pointers to improve my dental hygiene. I will continue to go to Kingsgate Dental/Dr Kelley for years to come.
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Gum Disease Kirkland - 5 Star Rating Review By Kathy W Dr. Kelley and her staff are a treasure. State of the art equipment, As a past Dental Administrator for a very large practice in Lynnwood, am soo happy to know that Dr. Kelley, her hygenists who have been there for over 20 years, are bar none the most indepth and through a cleaning as you would ever find. I have never felt more then a slight prick when getting novocaine. Between numbing the gum and gentle procedure they also offer nitroux, for us real scaredy cats. Music, neck pillows and blankets all make the experience truly enjoyable. I had gone too many years neglecting my teeth and found through Tammy, my hygenist and Dr. Kelley they were able to put together a plan to save the teeth they could and design partials for the ones I could not afford to save. I am a small business owner with no insurance and yet they came up with a plan that I am so happy with. I am without any infection, so much healthier and the partials Dr. Kelley designed are like a second skin. From Jackie and MaryAnn at the front desk to the assistants, hygenists and Dr. Kelley you will be in professional and caring hands. I recommend to all my family and friends.
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Gum Disease Kirkland - 5 Star Rating Review By dixy i Great experience. Dr. Kelley and her staff made me feel less anxious about the whole thing. Great job on the crown too! I've already recommended two friends! If I was staying in the Seattle area I'd definitely return.
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