Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and occurs in stages. The early stage is called gingivitis and your dentist can help you resolve this as it only affects the surface of the gums. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, which is more complicated to treat and may require surgery. If gum disease is never addressed, it can cause serious health concerns, including tooth loss, and is linked to systemic health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. Our team at Family First Dental can help diagnose and treat gum disease at our Richland, WA office!
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing acts as a deep cleaning for plaque that has gotten deep between the gum and tooth. Your dentist will remove all the plaque from above and below the gumline and then begin root planing which involves smoothing out your teeth roots to help the gums reattach to your teeth. This may take more than one visit to complete but is typically a surgery-free option.
If gum disease or infection is left untreated, it can cause the gum to recede, exposing the sensitive tooth roots and eventually leading to tooth loss. If gum recession has begun, a gum graft can save the gumline and teeth from any further damage. Gum grafts work by replacing the lost gum tissues with new ones from the patient’s mouth or using an artificial substance. There are many reasons why someone may choose a gum graft but whether it is for your oral health, comfort or appearance, we have you covered here at Family First Dental!