Gum Disease Treatments
Gum Disease Treatment From Wesley L Hanson DDS
One of the most common reasons a tooth may be lost is due to the advancement of periodontal disease. A specialist in periodontics, Dr. Wesley Hanson provides effective, proven gum disease solutions from his practice. Poulsbo Periodontics & Implant Center provides gum disease treatments to patients in Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, and the surrounding communities.
Why Should Gum Disease Be Treated?
When gingivitis is not treated, a pocket begins to form between the teeth and gums. This pocket fills with bacteria, exposing the surrounding tissue to infection and decay. At this point, gum disease has advanced into periodontitis; a clear sign that this disease is present is the recession of the gum tissue as the pocket deepens. Eventually, bone degradation can occur due to the damage dealt by gum disease.
When you visit our Poulsbo periodontist for gingivitis treatments, you are protecting your smile from these conditions. Catching gum disease in its earliest stages helps Dr. Hanson reverse existing damage and prevent further decay caused by the onset of periodontitis. Treating and preventing gum disease needs to be a critical priority in your dental health plan to prevent the need for gum grafting, teeth extractions, or dental implants after teeth extractions.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
The type of gum disease solution our Poulsbo periodontist will provide depends on whether gum disease is still in the gingivitis stage or has advanced into periodontitis.
Gingivitis treatments are effectively standard dental cleanings applied in a more thorough manner; so long as gum disease has been caught in this first stage, these cleanings should be enough to prevent further development. Dr. Hanson and your general dentist can also recommend different approaches to maintaining your oral hygiene routine to help prevent oral bacteria from causing gum disease. Periodontitis, however, requires a deep periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.
As an expert in periodontics, Dr. Hanson can remove the built-up plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line, removing the bacteria that causes periodontitis. Then, the roughened surface of the teeth where the tartar once resided is smoothed. The goal of this two-step periodontal procedure is to have the pockets shrink as the gum tissue heals and reattaches to the teeth. Additional treatments, such as gum grafting, may be necessary if the pockets are too big to close on their own. Regardless of what procedures may be necessary, Dr. Hanson can provide the treatment that best serves your gum health needs.
Contact Us for Gum Disease Solutions
Poulsbo Periodontics & Implant Center provides gingivitis treatments, periodontitis treatment, and other periodontal procedures to patients in Poulsbo, Silverdale, and Bainbridge Island. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our periodontics and dental implants center today!