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Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the structures that support teeth, which includes gums, support ligaments, bones, and tissue. The American Dental Association requires a minimum of three years additional study before a dentist can perform periodontal procedures.

The family dentists at Cooley Smiles have completed this additional training and have sufficient experience to detect and treat the issues, including gum disease, that can affect this supportive structure.

Your Periodontal Appointment

In order to determine your periodontal health needs, Seattle family dentists Dr. Aaron Cooley and Dr. Brandon Cooley will first need to perform a thorough evaluation. During this visit, we will examine your teeth, gums, tongue, throat, and lymph nodes. We will also take x-rays and examine the space between your teeth and gums.

This complete evaluation allows us to have a clear understanding of your periodontal health, and it gives us an indication of any potential problems you may be experiencing. Using state of the art dental technology, we are able to detect every sign of gum disease, even in its early stages. Using this information, we can create a custom periodontal treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

It is our goal to keep your gums as healthy as possible. With this in mind, we will explain our findings to you so that you fully understand our treatment recommendations. We will detail both the short and long-term goals we have for your treatment so that you will have a better sense of what will be required to treat your particular case.

Periodontal Treatments

At Cooley Smiles, we strive to provide the least invasive solutions to your periodontal needs. Most commonly, periodontal disease can be treated by using a laser to smooth your tooth root and remove bacteria. We have found this method to be very effective, but some patients may require advanced measures including:

• Periodontal surgery
• Root pocket reduction procedures
• Soft tissue grafts

Each mouth comes with its unique set of problems, and no single solution is best for everyone. We will design a custom treatment plan geared to address your specific periodontal needs.

Bellevue's Gum Disease Dentistry

Please contact the Seattle family dentists at Cooley Smiles today to schedule an initial periodontal examination. We serve patients in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington.

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