Millions of people around the world have gum disease, which often starts off as nothing more than gingivitis. Over time, the gingivitis progresses, causing deep pockets around the teeth where it is difficult and even impossible to get in to clean with regular dental hygiene tools. For this reason, non-surgical gum treatments are crucial in bringing down inflammation, removing unhealthy tissue and reducing bacteria found in these pockets.
What is involved with Non-Surgical Gum Treatment?
Scaling and root planing is a type of procedure that is performed by your hygienist. The area being worked on will be numbed for your comfort and a series of instruments are used to clean out the pockets that are formed around the teeth when periodontal disease is present. This helps to remove unhealthy pathogenic tissue and smoothing the roots of the teeth to make it more difficult for bacteria to adhere. When your gums are shown to have periodontal disease the tissue and bone are destroyed, forming pockets around your teeth in the gum line. As time goes on, these pockets become deeper allowing bacteria to form inside, and under the gum line. Without treatment, the bacteria can cause bone damage and tissue loss, and could eventually cause infection. It is important to keep your gums clean and healthy in order to prevent this bacteria from forming. Scaling and root planning is just one way that is a preventative measure against those pockets from forming.
Scaling and root planning are very quickly done and are virtually painless. Scaling involves our dentists removing all the plaque and tartar above and below your gum-line, getting all the way down to the pocket. Planing is done after, and consists of the dentist smoothing out the teeth roots to help your gums reattach to the teeth.
Who is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Without routine gum treatment, periodontal disease can and will progress. The pockets that form around the teeth are virtually impossible to clean on your own, so careful scaling and root planing is needed to ensure these pockets are free of hardened plague, debris and bacteria. Along with scaling and root planing, you may also be advised to use antimicrobial rinses and topical antibacterial products. Some reasons you may be advised to go for non-surgical gum treatment include:
- You have periodontal disease
- You have gum disease
- You have heavy buildup on your teeth
- You have inflamed and bleeding gums
With routine gum treatment, you should be able to avoid more invasive surgical procedures that are associated with advanced periodontal disease. We are able to provide you with the quality care that you need in a calm, comfortable and friendly environment.
If you are in need of non-surgical gum treatment or would like to inquire more about this procedure, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you further!