No matter how well you care for your teeth, you may still be suffering from gum disease. Painless and slow-growing, gum disease is still a serious condition that sometimes requires aggressive treatment. After a comprehensive periodontal screening, if gum disease is present, Aqua Dental may recommend non-surgical gum therapy.
Non Surgical Gum Therapy– In some situation, basic dental scaling is not enough to control the level of destructive bacteria that lives beneath the gumline. To ensure the best results, we offer other non surgical alternatives in our hygiene department. This approach leads to reducing the need for periodontal surgery or extractions.
The top three non-surgical gum disease treatments are local medication, curettage, and root-planning. All can be done in our office, and you may be given local anesthesia to keep you more comfortable. No matter which treatment or combination of treatments your dentist chooses, keep in mind that the treatment will likely take place over time, as your dentist tries a treatment and then assesses its effectiveness.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment Options
Localized medication: Once the area of bacteria and plaque accumulation below the gum line has been identified and cleared, medication may be administered directly into the affected areas as a first step toward thwarting the gum disease. This could be the use antimicrobial rinse or placment of antibiotics directly below the gumline in the affected area.
Curettage: When your gum is diseased, the tissues around your tooth can show signs of chronic irritation and inflammation. In the process of curettage, we will remove the infected gum tissue so that new, healthy gum tissue can grow.
Root-Planning: Sometimes, gum disease affects the surface of your tooth’s root. Root-planning is when we give your soft tissue a chance to heal from its disease by removing and smoothing small amounts of the infected root surface.
If the treatments described above do not sufficiently address your gum disease, Aqua Dental may make a referral to a periodontist, who would be able to surgically remove the diseased tissue so that proper healing could occur.