What is Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment?
If you experience gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, you may wonder what your options are for treatment. Though surgical options may be warranted in some cases, your dentist may want to begin your treatment with less invasive, non-surgical options first. Here are some of the ways your Lawrence dentist can treat periodontal disease without surgery.
Scaling and Root Planing
In this non-surgical treatment, the root surfaces of the tooth are carefully cleaned to remove plaque and tartar buildup. The surfaces of the tooth root are polished in order to create a smoother surface that is harder for bacteria to stick to. The smoother surface also encourages the gums to reattach to the teeth. In many cases, scaling and root planing may be all a Lawrence patient needs to restore their gum health.
Antibiotics or Antimicrobials
If your particular case of periodontal disease has formed deep pockets that cannot be reached with dental tools, your dentist may prescribe a medication that is designed to disinfect these hard-to-reach spaces. These medications can be administered in different ways including as a mouth rinse or as a chip inserted directly into the affected pocket.
If gum disease has caused your teeth to loosen or shift in your mouth, your dentist may want to adjust your bite. This can help relieve the stress placed on your teeth from chewing and biting. Talk to your dentist if you grind or clench your teeth as they can offer you a bite guard to help protect your tooth enamel.
Good oral hygiene is one of the best preventive measures against gingivitis and periodontal disease. The buildup of plaque causes inflammation, infection, and tooth decay. Proper brushing and flossing techniques every day can help keep the plaque buildup away.
If you’re worried about your gums, talk to your Lawrence dentist Paul Herrera, DDS about your options. Rockledge Dentistry in Lawrence, KS offers a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease to help restore your teeth and gums without a scalpel. Schedule an appointment for your exam today.