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Gum Disease Treatment in Christopher Auburn Washington

If it has been a long period of time since you last visited a dentist or had a dental cleaning, chances are you may need a “deep cleaning” to get things back on track. Gum disease treatment at Auburn Family Dental will help return oral health to your mouth.

If plaque and tartar build-up are left on the teeth for extended periods of time, the right conditions are created for bacteria to thrive and cause gum disease. When gum disease is left untreated, bacteria and your bodies response to them cause oral tissue to degenerate. Bone and supporting teeth structures becomes compromised and can eventually, cause tooth loss. Dr. Marie performs a thorough periodontal examination to identify gum disease and use periodontal therapies such as scaling and root planning to treat them. 

Signs you may have gum disease

It is important to know that periodontal disease can advance without any symptoms which make regular dental exams important. Signs or symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Pain, redness or swelling
  • Longer-looking teeth
  • Bad breath/halitosis
  • Loose teeth/change in bite pattern
  • Pus 

What should I expect at my deep cleaning? 

At Auburn Family Dental, a skilled and experienced dental hygienist will perform your deep cleaning.  We offer local anesthetic for your comfort.  An ultrasonic and specialized hand instruments will be used to remove tartar build-up, bacterial deposits and diseased tissues from below the gum line.  The procedure usually lasts about 90 minutes per side.  We recommend two separate appointments, one for the right side and one for the left side because it is hard to have your whole mouth numb at once.  Following the procedure, you will experience mild soreness that can be treated with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or Tylenol.

If you have not had a professional cleaning in over six months or are experiencing one of the above symptoms, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.