Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Tukwila, WA

Healthy Gums, Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smile

  • Advanced Techniques and Technology
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  • Comprehensive Periodontal Care
  • Experienced and Dedicated Team
  • Long-Term Gum Health Maintenance
  • 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.

    What is Periodontal Disease?

    Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is primarily caused by bacterial infection resulting from plaque buildup on the teeth and gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to gum inflammation, gum recession, tooth loss, and potentially impact overall oral health.

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    Periodontal (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

    Dr. Timmerman uses all available tools to assess your gum health:
    Only after a proper screening can a patient’s periodontal status be fully understood.
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    Bacterial Infection

    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

    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.
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    Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment FAQs

    Get answers to the most common inquiries regarding the treatment options for gum disease. Discover essential information and gain insights into effective approaches for managing and improving periodontal health.
    Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth, including the gums, bone, and ligaments. It is typically caused by bacterial infection and can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and other oral health problems if left untreated.
    The treatment for periodontal disease depends on the severity of the condition. It can range from non-surgical methods such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to surgical procedures like gum grafting and flap surgery. Antibiotics or antimicrobial mouth rinses may also be prescribed to control bacterial growth.
    Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontal disease. It involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and smoothing the root surfaces to promote healing and prevent further progression of the disease.
    In the early stages of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, it is possible to reverse the condition with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care. However, in more advanced stages of the disease, called periodontitis, the damage to the gums and bone is typically irreversible, but treatment can help manage the disease and prevent further deterioration.
    The duration of periodontal disease treatment varies depending on the severity and complexity of the case. Non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planing may be completed in one or multiple appointments, while surgical procedures may require multiple visits over a period of several weeks or months.
    Good oral hygiene practices at home are crucial for managing periodontal disease. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash as recommended by your dentist. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important for monitoring and managing the condition.
    Periodontal disease can recur if proper oral hygiene is not maintained after treatment. Regular follow-up visits with your dentist or periodontist and maintaining a good oral care routine at home are essential for preventing the recurrence of the disease.
    Some common risks and side effects of periodontal disease treatment include temporary tooth sensitivity, gum sensitivity or tenderness, and mild swelling. In surgical procedures, there may be a risk of infection or post-operative complications, but these are generally rare and can be managed with appropriate care.
    Yes, periodontal disease has been linked to several systemic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and certain pregnancy complications. Maintaining good oral health and seeking appropriate treatment for periodontal disease is important not only for the health of your mouth but also for your overall well-being.
    While some factors, such as genetics, may increase the risk of developing periodontal disease, it can often be prevented or controlled through good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding tobacco use, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
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    Get to Know Lance Timmerman, DMD, PS

    Born and raised in Kirkland, Dr. Timmerman believes that a true dentist is also an artist, and he even displays works of art in our dental office (including a sculpture he made with his own hands) to demonstrate his aesthetic-minded eye.

    Seeing people smile brighter after their appointments is always a joy, which is why his dental office is open to new patients and families who are ready to achieve the dental health and happiness they deserve. If you’d like to learn more about him, just keep reading below.

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    Tim Ricks
    1 week ago
    Dr Timmerman is a real pro. He is a gifted crafter of smiles . All on 6 in my case. For years i havent publicly smiled at anyone. My natural teeth had reached the end. Enter Seattle Smiles to give me a solution that restored confidence in myself to present my true self to the world again. The consultation was thorough and very educational to me. Its tough to hear you cant keep your natural teeth anymore but Dr Timmerman did great explaining my options and being honest about the consequences for my oral and general health. I trusted the Dr completely and he did a terrific job on my all on 6 (upper and lower) restoration. Prep and Surgery was well prepared and almost completely painless . Its amazing from the quality of the work performed to the underlying advanced tech to the craftsmenship of my new smile and the great support of Holly to help me explore potential coverage under my health insurance. 1st class staff, top notch Dentist and full support of this journey. On to healing and getting final set late this summer. Very pleased with the results. My wife says she doesnt want me to go out in public because “I look too good”. Thanks Dr Timmerman and staff, you changed my life .
    Kalena Mina
    4 weeks ago
    Dr. Timmerman is exceptionally skilled and friendly. He exhibits a gentle touch when working on your teeth. His staff is also very welcoming. I once witnessed Dr. Timmerman performing an emergency tooth repair for someone I knew, and he did an excellent job. I wouldn’t consider going to anyone else. My trust in Dr. Timmerman is unwavering at 100%. When it comes to cosmetic dental work, Dr. Timmerman is, without a doubt, the best!
    Lorri Kurth
    9 months ago
    I use Dr.Timmerman for Botox and I’m happy with my results. They were able to get me in the same day. Thank you!!
    Mai Trinh
    1 year ago
    Dr. Timmerman took good care of his clients,he’s professional ,friendly,he’s always use the new technology …Thank you very much Dr.Timmerman and all staffs what you have done for me.
    Cherie Lang
    1 year ago
    Lance and staff do great work. Lance is a very talented dentist. Gail cleaned my teeth today and she’s a soothing soul. Nice to have someone like that in a dental office😉
    Andrew Waters
    1 year ago
    I have lived in the south Seattle area for 10 years and this is by far the best Dental office I have found in the area. Fast, efficient, and pleasant service. Exceptionally skilled and experienced staff. The dental work I have had done at this office is, hands down, the best quality I have ever had done (and I have had a lot done) Exceptional. Highly recommended.
    margaret english
    2 years ago
    If you have embarrassment or fears concerning your teeth /mouth condition this is the place to come. Very professional! They put you immediately at ease. My teeth are in horrible condition. It was difficult for me to even make the apt as I’m so embarrassed to even open my mouth. From the receptionist to the doctor I was treated as if I was the only patient they had that day. They even helped me get financing! Make the call today you won’t be sorry.
    Pam Hendrickson
    2 years ago
    Best dentist ever! I’ve been seeing Dr. Timmerman for over 20 years and he has done some really great work keeping my teeth looking and feeling good each and every year! My last visit was for teeth cleaning and the hygienist did a great job. They sparkle now and feel great.

    Periodontal Disease Treatment for Lasting Oral Wellness

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