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Skilled Gum Disease Treatment in Auburn

From allowing you to eat the foods you like to serving as a gateway to your personality, your smile plays a crucial role in your overall well-being. As such, gum disease can compromise the health of your smile and leave you questioning what treatment options are available. At Auburn Family Dental, we're proud to provide extensive gum disease treatment ranging from scaling and root planing to periodontal maintenance. You can rest assured that you're in good hands when you walk through our doors.

One of the founding principles of our practice is that we strive to create a welcoming and relaxing office environment for patients of all ages. That's why our team, led by Dr. Marie Durflinger, is happy to answer your questions and accommodate your requests whenever possible. Call or visit us today to schedule your next appointment and get the Auburn gum disease treatment you deserve!


What Is Gum Disease?

Although you may have heard of gum disease, you may not understand what it is and how it affects your smile. Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, is a term used to refer to the infection of the soft tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth. When gum disease is left untreated, bacteria and your body's immune response can cause oral tissue to degenerate. It's important to note that although seniors are particularly vulnerable to developing gum disease, it can develop in people of all ages and from all walks of life.

There are various contributing factors to gum disease, including a person's age, history of tobacco use, and underlying health conditions. If you believe that you're experiencing gum disease or that you're at risk for developing it, it's crucial that you visit our office as soon as possible.

Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:

  • Unexplained bleeding gums.
  • Painful and swollen gums.
  • Unpleasant breath after brushing your teeth.
  • Unusually loose teeth.
  • Pus coming from the base of your tooth.

How We Treat Gum Disease

At Auburn Family Dental, we've spent years improving the effectiveness of our Auburn gum disease treatment by leveraging technology and techniques. As part of our treatment, we provide deep cleaning to eliminate bacteria at its source and protect your smile from it. We're more than happy to break down what to expect when you visit our practice for cleaning. Typically, you can expect one of our skilled and experienced dental hygienists to perform your deep cleaning.

We'll begin by providing you with a local anesthetic to help eliminate pain and make the procedure more comfortable for you. Once your gums are sufficiently numbed, we'll use an ultrasonic device and specialized hand instruments to remove tartar buildup, bacterial deposits, and diseased tissue from below your gum line. The procedure normally lasts 90 minutes, and operating a motor vehicle afterward is safe. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, we may suggest that you schedule another appointment, as it can take a long time to numb and treat both sides of your mouth.

Keeping Your Gums Bacteria-Free

Once you've undergone a deep cleaning, we highly recommend that you periodically visit our office for periodontal maintenance. Studies have shown that disease-causing bacteria can recolonize between your gums and your teeth as early as a month after a deep cleaning. By taking a proactive approach to your gums, you help prevent the recurrence of gum disease.

When you visit our practice for periodontal maintenance, we'll measure your gum pocket depth and gauge your periodontal status. We normally recommend you visit our office at least twice a year for periodontal maintenance, especially if you're susceptible to developing gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment FAQs

At Auburn Family Dental, we want you to have all the information you need to make confident and informed decisions about gum disease. That's why our dental team is here to answer any questions you may have. Some of the most frequently asked questions about our Auburn gum disease treatment include:

Can you reverse gum disease?

Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that's reversible. However, you can rest assured that we'll work with you to address more advanced stages of gum disease.

Although you may feel some slight discomfort while we're numbing your gums, you can expect the procedure to be as minimally discomforting as possible. If you feel any pain following the procedure, we recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen.

We recommend that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you receive the treatment, the less of a chance there is of gum disease complications.

Auburn Gum Disease Treatment for You

At Auburn Family Dental, we provide quality gum disease treatment to help improve and protect your smile's health. If you think you've noticed the signs of gum disease, our office is here for you. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment and find out how our Auburn gum disease services can benefit your smile!