If you’re a victim of the early stages of gum disease, then it’s vital to get the issue treated right away before the situation gets worse. At the early stages, the disease can be treated with a non-surgical treatment. The non-surgical treatments available include:
-Professional dental cleaning: Even though dental cleanings do not treat active gum disease, they still help you when you are showing the early signs of the issue. If this is the case, you will need to attend a dental appointment more than twice a year. At these appointments, your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline and will do everything possible to keep your gums healthy and strong.
-Scaling and root planing: During scaling and root planing, your dentist will deeply clean your smile and will scrape away the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Then, he will smooth out the roots, which helps remove bacteria and provide a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth. This treatment is done under a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort.
These treatments are only available at the early stages of the disease. Unfortunately, if the disease is at the later stages, you will need to treat it with a surgical treatment. To learn more about the surgical treatments available for gum disease in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, we encourage you to call Atkinson Family Dentistry at 360-856-4540. Your dentist, Dr. Brandon L. Atkinson, and our dental team are more than happy to help you in any way we can!