What is Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, you might still be predisposed genetically to gum disease. After an extensive periodontal screening, and periodontal tooth by tooth charting we can determine if you have or don’t have gum disease.
Once we have reached a diagnosis we will inform you of treatment options available to treat your gum disease. Depending on your specific situation there might be non-surgical treatment options available for you. This will involve “deep scaling” with local anesthetic. We will do whatever we can to avoid you having surgical treatment.
Periodontal or gum disease is a systemic disease which affects your overall health. This is why we design a program that is geared towards your individualized needs. We will do everything we can to control this disease but we have to become partners in your oral health if we are going to succeed.
The main three non-surgical gum infection medications are local solution, curettage, and deep scaling/ root-planning. Regardless of which treatment or mixture of medicines we decide to put you on, remember that the treatment will probably take some time. Treatment results will vary with your home care and frequency of visits. Remember this is a team approach to getting you back to health.
A yearly periodontal charting will be done to assess results of home care and treatment.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment Options
- Localized drug: Once the area that is infected is cleaned by the hygienist , medicine might be administered straight into the areas of disease as an initial treatment of gum disease. Sometimes medicine is not needed.
- Curettage: When your gums are unhealthy, the tissues around your tooth are affected. During the curettage, we will remove the contaminated gum tissue so that new, sound gum tissue can develop.
- Root-Planning: At times, gum disease can influence the surface of your tooth’s root. Root-planning is the point at which we allow your delicate tissue to recover from its disease by uprooting and smoothing little measures of the contaminated root surface.
- Piezo Medicated Scaler: NEW! We now offer this new type of medicated therapy which helps eliminate discomfort, irrigates with medications under the gum line, lessens the need for local anesthesia and allows us better results.
If the medications depicted above don’t adequately address your gum illness, you may be referred to a periodontist who can surgically uproot the infected tissue so that appropriate healing can occur.