Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
What is Non-Surgical Perio Therapy?
Non-surgical periodontal therapy is designed to help prevent the spread of gum disease as well as put a stop to gum damage. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, so taking a proactive approach to stopping it can help to save your smile. While there are many surgical options for periodontal disease, there are many highly effective non-surgical choices available. These include scaling and root planings, periodontal trays and laser therapy.
Why is Non-Surgical Perio Therapy needed?
Most often, periodontal therapy is needed if gum disease is present. We can help in determining if you have gum disease with a simple checkup. This involves measuring the gums to check for gingival pockets that naturally form as gum disease is allowed to progress. Bacteria and debris is then allowed to get into these pockets and infect the gums, resulting in eventual bone and tooth loss.
What makes you a good candidate for Non-Surgical Perio Therapy?
Non-surgical treatment of gum disease is preferred because it’s an ideal choice for most patients. Patients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have surgery will benefit from non-surgical options because they require minimal to no recovery time. However, non-surgical periodontal therapy is only suitable if gum disease is present. We can help in determining the health of your gums with an examination.
What can be expected with Non-Surgical Perio Therapy?
You’ll come in for a complete exam and consultation regarding your gum disease treatment. For laser therapy, a high-powered yet safe laser is used to remove unhealthy and infected gum tissue from the gingival pockets that have formed around the teeth. This allows the gums to heal naturally as close to the tooth as possible, eliminating the large pockets and helping to put a stop to the spread of the disease. Periodontal trays are worn at home and deliver medication deep into these gum pockets, helping to stop the spread of bacteria and infection. A scaling and root planing is performed by our hygienists, who work to remove hardened plaque, tartar and debris from the gum pockets to restore overall health of the soft tissue.
If you have periodontal disease and are looking for non-surgical treatment, call our office today and we’ll help in answering any of your questions.