First-class Issaquah and Bellevue dentistry for the whole family.
More than 30 Years of Expert Periodontics
At Implant & Periodontic Specialists, we have extended experience in dealing with all types of dental issues. We specialize in dental implants and periodontal care for your family.
No matter if you have mild or severe gum disease, Dr. Raval, and Dr. Lee bring the most comprehensive periodontal therapy in Bellevue and Issaquah. What’s more, our specialist dentist, Dr. Kohnen, offers restorative and implant dentistry too!
At our offices, we have a range of exceptional services, including:
- Dental Implants
- Periodontal Surgery
- Sedation Dentistry
- Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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If you have been informed that you have periodontal (gum) disease by your dentist, you are not alone. An estimated 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease.
There are several forms of gum disease with gingivitis being the mildest. While this type only affects the gums, more severe types of gum disease can lead to tooth loss. From simple inflammation to significant damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth, our team of expert periodontists can help.
To begin, our experts will review notes from your general dentist (if you’ve been referred) or sit down and discuss what symptoms you have been experiencing. These may include:
Red, swollen, or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
Bleeding while brushing, flossing, and/or eating hard food
Persistent bad breath
Sores in your mouth
Then we’ll prep you for an exam and look out for more telling signs of mild to severe gum disease such as:
Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth causing the teeth to look longer than before
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between gums and teeth
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Once we’ve assessed your gums for any signs of periodontal disease, our specialists will prescribe gum repair that is tailored to your needs.
We’ll explain our findings and recommendations while answering any questions you may have.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. Often gum infection begins as a build-up of plaque on the tooth’s surface near the gum line. If this build-up is not removed by brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Over time the gums become red, swollen, and irritated. This stage is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated gum disease can impact the supporting tissues, which may require more extensive treatment or even surgery.
Our office is prepared for any eventuality and is here to help. All our periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, our Bellevue periodontists can help you determine what treatment best meets your needs. Periodontal treatments include:
- Non-surgical treatment
- Periodontal surgery
- Periodontal therapy
- Dental implants
- At-home care (special toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and prescription treatment trays)
Our experts promise to respectfully guide you through your visit and help you restore your oral health.
When periodontal disease becomes more severe, it can affect the roots of your teeth. Although this can be quite painful, the procedure doesn’t have to be.
Through the two non-surgical treatments of scaling and root planing, you can be free of harmful plaque and bacteria that threaten to destroy your teeth.
Our Bellevue or Issaquah periodontists, take advantage of the many technologically advanced methods designed to treat gum disease and restore your health.
Scaling and root planing offers many benefits:
Relatively comfortable procedure
Easy to use with over-the-counter medication
Can stop gum disease
Encourages long-term dental health
Our caring team explains the process before starting any treatment and offers sedation options to those who are feeling nervous about this procedure.
Cure gum disease without surgery! How? LANAP laser treatment!
This ultra-tiny laser gently kills bacteria and vaporizes diseased tissue. After tartar and plaque are removed from the tooth, the laser goes back in to create a seal and help your body naturally regenerate bone and gum tissue.
This alternative to periodontal surgery is known for:
No scalpels, cuts, or sutures
Less gum loss
Quicker recovery and healing
If you’ve been told you need gum disease surgery, talk to us first. You may qualify for LANAP!
Dealing with the idea of possible oral cancer is never easy. At Implant & Periodontic Specialists, we offer a variety of biopsies and screenings designed to check for specific signs and signals of dental disease. Our tests are thorough and extensive as they utilize the latest dental technology.
One such screening is our VELscope scan, which identifies the early stages of oral cancer. When discovered early, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is around 83 percent.
Set up a check-up immediately if you notice the following symptoms:
Chronic sore throat
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Some biopsies are long, and some are relatively short, depending on the type of test. Believe it or not, a dentist diagnoses 90% of all head and neck cancers. We put your specific needs first and have a team of trained professionals to help you with screenings, diagnosis, and treatment.
All of our periodontists have a background in general and restorative dentistry. This helps them to identify potential issues and also assist your family dentist with common problems. One such issue could be bruxism (teeth grinding) or bite issues.
Many people grind their teeth at night due to a misaligned jaw, daily stresses, or anxiety. Our team is proud to offer specialist night guards to help prevent grinding and maintain the integrity of your bite.
When you suffer from bruxism, you may experience soreness, sensitive teeth, or worn down teeth. If you have any of these symptoms, then please speak with us or your family dentist.
Every person I've ever met in the practice has been friendly and professional, from the front desk to the periodontist. Steve did my cleaning last visit and treated my anxiety with care and concern. He provided additional numbing agent on my gums, which I appreciated.
John B. (Actual Patient)
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We are not only periodontic specialists but also expert implant dentists. Over the last 25 years, dental implants have changed the face of dentistry. Dental implants are a long-lasting, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Plus, they have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device. Naturally, they should be the top choice when replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
At Implant & Periodontic Specialists, you can expect friendly implant care and incredible results from our dental implant specialists. Why? Because Dr. Neal Raval is a dental implant expert dedicated to providing you with the best implant restoration experience possible.
Periodontists have received additional training to restore the balance of a healthy smile. This includes more advanced techniques such as oral and periodontal surgery.
You might need a safe and comfortable surgical procedure if periodontal disease has become very severe, if you need to replace a missing tooth, or if you require an extraction.
Our specialists provide a number of surgical services that can be performed in our office:
Pocket Depth Reduction
Soft Tissue or Gum Graft
Each of our treatments can be performed using sedation dentistry for extra comfort. Our trained professionals walk you through every stage of the surgery and ensure you feel prepared and comfortable throughout.
Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, uses medication to help patients relax during their dental treatment. While it is often referred to as sleep dentistry, that is not an entirely accurate description.
With exception of those under general anesthesia, patients are usually awake during treatment. However, sedation dentistry does offer patients who experience fear or anxiety at the dentist a safe and comfortable way to get dental treatments.
Our dental experts offer three types of sedation:
Intravenous Sedation (IV)
Our office has the luxury of three IV certified practitioners who are qualified to administer this deeper form of sedation.
Wisdom teeth cause millions of people unnecessary discomfort every year. At Implant & Periodontic Specialists, we can quickly and painlessly remove teeth that are causing you pain or impacting on your oral health.
Using modern technology, our Bellevue and Issaquah periodontists can help with more complicated cases and accurately diagnose when extraction is an ideal option.
The sooner the problematic tooth is extracted, the better – click the location below to learn more now. Our team will highlight the benefits of acting now and explain how the procedures work.