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Stevenson Dental Care | Periodontal Care in Stevenson

52 NW 2nd Street
Stevenson, WA 98648

(509) 427-8605

Periodontal Care
Stevenson Dental Care in Stevenson WA

Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.  Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.

Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply.  The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth.  If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need smoothing or planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tarter from the tooth surface, and Root Planing is the process of cleaning and smoothening the root surface, removing the infected debris & root surface. We use the term Periodontal to describe the supporting structures of the teeth, gum, and bone.

A non-surgical approach to treating periodontal disease starts with scaling and root planing.  If we can have a clean healthy tooth surface, we can have healthy tissues (gum and bone) around the teeth. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis or periodontitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing is usually treated in one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.

Stevenson Dentist | Periodontal Care. Jack Clifton is a Stevenson Dentist.