Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Non-surgical therapy removes plaque by controlling the growth of bacteria within your gums and by treating conditions that encourage gum disease. This type of treatment may be all that's needed if periodontal disease is caught early enough.

How Do I Know If I Need It / Symptoms?

Warning signs of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Gums That Are Red, Swollen Or Tender
  • Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing, Or Eating Hard Food
  • Receding Gum Lines, Causing The Teeth To Look Longer Than Before
  • Loose Or Separating Teeth
  • Evidence Of Pus Between Your Gums And Teeth
  • Persistent Bad Breath
  • Sores In Your Mouth
  • Change In Your Bite
  • Change In The Fit Of Dentures

What Can Happen If I Don't Get It Fixed, Left Untreated?

Some people think periodontal therapy always means surgical treatment. At its early stages, periodontal disease actually responds quite favorably to nonsurgical periodontal therapy. Only in its more advanced stages is surgical intervention necessary. In fact, surgery is reserved for those situations when nonsurgical therapies can no longer achieve the desired outcome of periodontal health.

What Are My Options, If Any?

There are three main options that your dentist may incorporate in order to reduce inflammation in your gums and lower your chances of gum disease from persisting:

  • Scaling And Root Planing
  • Antibiotics
  • Occlusal Adjustment

What Does The Procedure Look Like?

Scaling is a periodontal procedure that removes plaque from the teeth at and slightly below the gum line. Root planing smooths root surfaces so that the supportive tissues can reattach to the tooth surface more easily. Often, this will be done with local anesthesia so that you feel nothing as during the procedure.

Antibiotics are an adjunctive option to scaling and root planing that may be provided in either pill form or powder form, which is applied directly to the infected area. You may even be prescribed an antibacterial mouth rinse to help control the harmful effects of and reduce bacterial plaque.

If there is an improper bite or a traumatic occlusion, we may either choose to adjust your bite or construct a custom bite guard in order to protect teeth surfaces and relax tense jaw muscles.

What Is The Recovery Time?

Periodontal maintenance is a personalized program developed once periodontal health has been improved for the patient. These appointments tend to occur more often than the traditional six-month cleanings, as they are designed to prevent reoccurring periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, just like diabetes, so ongoing treatment is necessary to ensure that periodontal diseases do not recur.

Am I A Candidate?

Schedule an appointment within our office to determine if non-surgical periodontal therapy is right for you.

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