At Perio NW, we subscribe to the American Academy of Periodontology’s belief that the most minimally-invasive and cost-effective treatment options should be used. In most cases, non-surgical gum treatments can effectively treat gum disease without the need for more invasive treatments. Period NW offers the following non-surgical gum treatments:
Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal scaling and root planing is a specialized type of dental cleaning that focuses on removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surface of the tooth root. Then the tooth root is smoothed to encourage the gums to once again attach to the tooth root. Periodontal scaling and root planing is an effective treatment for many patients as long as it is performed regularly to maintain results.
Since gum disease is caused by bacteria, antibiotics can also be used as a non-surgical method to treat the infection. Antibiotics may be taken orally and/or they may be placed directly in the infected gum pocket. Your periodontist may also recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to use during your daily oral hygiene routine.
Tray Delivery Systems
This is another way of delivering antibiotics that uses trays that fit over the teeth and gums. These trays are custom-fabricated by first obtaining a dental impression of the patient’s mouth. Tray delivery systems allow for at-home antibiotic treatments.
Did You Know?
In total, almost 50% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. There are two forms of gum disease including gingivitis, the mild form, and periodontitis, the advanced form. Studies indicate that about 16% of Ameircans have either the mildest or most severe forms of gum disease. This ultimately means that as many as 30% of Americans are affected by moderate gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for non-surgical gum treatment?
You may be a candidate for non-surgical gum treatment if you have mild to moderate gum disease. Some signs of gum disease include:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
- Gums that bleed easily
However, more severe cases of gum disease may be better treated with surgical gum treatments. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for non-surgical gum treatment, schedule a consultation with Perio NW today.
What can I expect when receiving non-surgical gum treatment at Perio NW?
When receiving non-surgical gum treatment at Perio NW, your exact expectations will depend upon the type of treatment you are receiving. In many cases, you can expect to undergo periodontal scaling and root planing, where a small probe will be used to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surface of your tooth and tooth roots. When undergoing treatment with antibiotics, your periodontist will provide you with the necessary information.
What can I expect after receiving non-surgical gum treatment?
After receiving non-surgical gum treatment, such as periodontal scaling and root planing, you may experience some tooth sensitivity. This can easily be managed by using a desensitizing toothpaste and eating soft foods at room temperature. You will also need to be sure to take any antibiotics as directed and maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing.