Explore Nonsurgical Periodontal Treatment Options
We strive to help you achieve periodontal health in the least invasive manner available; therefore our office offers a full range of non-surgical treatments. Non-surgical treatment involves the removal of bacterial plaque and tartar that is present below your gum line without the use of scalpels or lasers.
Unfortunately, non-surgical therapy does not work the same for everyone and has its limitations. In some cases, it is necessary to conduct periodontal surgery to restore your periodontal anatomy damaged by disease.
We welcome any questions regarding your dental health and are always available to provide detailed information on all of our non-surgical periodontal procedures and treatments.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is the removal of tartar (calculus) and bacterial plaque from the teeth both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the rough spots in teeth were germs have a chance to hide and multiply. The polished out areas also help the gums reattach to the teeth. These procedures are usually performed using micro-surgical instruments or ultrasonic scalers.
Periodontists agree that in most cases you will not require additional treatments after scaling and root planing. You will, however, need ongoing maintenance to sustain your health.
Non-Surgical Chemotherapeutic Treatment
During or after the scaling and root planing procedures are performed, an anti-bacterial medicine can be applied to the area below the gum line to kill bacteria and stop the spread of gum disease.