Paul D. Herrera DDS
How Can Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment Help You?
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory gum disease that causes deterioration of bone and tissues in the mouth. If your dentist has diagnosed you with this condition, you may be concerned that surgery is the only way to correct the problem. However, in many cases, the following in-office and at-home procedures can treat periodontal infection without the pain, expense and inconvenience of surgery:
Scaling and root planing
Removing hardened tartar, also called calculus, from your tooth surfaces and below the gumline is often the first step in treating periodontal disease. Calculus harbors the harmful bacteria that causes periodontitis and cannot be treated with normal brushing or flossing. This removal process, called scaling and root planing, is performed at Rockledge Dentistry by a dental hygienist, who will use a narrow tool to scrape the calculus off the teeth and away from the gums. Because the gums are often inflamed and sensitive, Paul Herrera, DDS, may order local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Depending on the severity of your condition, this procedure may be divided into several appointments to concentrate on one area of the mouth at a time.
Oral or locally applied antibiotics are occasionally prescribed to patients. They work to inhibit bone and tissue loss and reduce inflammation as other treatments are implemented to clear the mouth of the disease-causing pathogens. Antibiotics may include a tablet taken by mouth or may be placed into the gum pocket. There are also antibiotic mouthwashes. The Doctor and Dental Hygienist will determine which is best for you.
It is essential that brushing, flossing, and the use of inter-dental cleaners become a regular habit. Brushing at least twice a day is recommended. With gum recession and bone loss, the use of inter-dental cleaners, e.g., tooth picks or small brushes that fit in between the teeth in addition to flossing is recommended. It boils down to removing food particles and plaque from all areas of the teeth.
In advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgery may yield the best results. Making it a point to see your Lawrence dentist twice yearly will ensure an early diagnosis of all oral health problems and prevent their recurrence. Call Rockledge Dentistry at(785) 331-0027 to schedule an appointment today, or visit our contact us page!