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Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments

Posted Sep 7th, 2016 in Restorative Dentistry, General

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments

Periodontal treatment guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment.


Scaling & Root Planing

Non-surgical periodontal treatment can include scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.

Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy.

Maintenance

However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.


If your suffer from gum disease, you may not need surgery. Contact Cloverdale Crossing Dental Group today to disucss your options.


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