Fairwood Dental Center | Periodontics in Renton

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Harinder S Walia, D.D.S., FAGD, FAAFO
Aishwarya Ramanan, D.D.S.
Arti Bhan-Kachroo, D.D.S. 

Phone: (425) 271-7725
Fax: (425) 271-3018

 

What does a periodontist do?

 

Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialities recognized by the American Dental Association. As a Periodontist, Dr. Raval focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases that effect the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth and the jaw. 

 

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth's surface near the gum lines. If this plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing regulary, it can harden into what is called tartar. Plaque will continue to build up over the tartar, eventually causing the gums to become red, swollen and irritated. This is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. 

 

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

-Red, swollen, sore gums

-Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing

-Teeth that appear longer or become loose

-Large spaces that form between the teeth

-Gums that begin to pull away from the teeth

-Chronic bad breath

 

Periodontal disease, if it is left untreated, can contribute to other health problems including heart disease and diabetes. If you're pregnant, having periodontal disease is also linked to premature birth or low birth weight. 

 

Is periodontal disease treatable?

Yes! Gum disease is both preventable and treatable! Today's periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of gentle, safe and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, your periodontist can help you determine what treatment best fits yours needs. Periodontal treatment includes; both non surgical and surgical treatment, periodontal therapy, dental implants and at home care. 

 

Am I at risk of having periodontal disease?

You may be at risk if you smoke or use tobacco products, you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly, you have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis or if several of your family members have gum disease, as in some cases can be genetic. 

 
 
Renton Dentist | Periodontics. Arti Bhan-Kachroo is a Renton Dentist.