RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

Non-surgical gum treatment is a non-invasive way to restore your gum health and prevent the further development of periodontal disease. 

Non-surgical gum treatment consists of scaling and root planing. This is basically a deep-cleaning of the root surfaces of your teeth to cut down on plaque and tartar and the smoothing of the root to get rid of any toxins and bacteria. When plaque builds up in your mouth, it can begin to cause the teeth and gums to separate. This creates pockets in the gum. Bacteria can build up in these pockets and can spread into the bone and teeth. This can be incredibly serious and painful and can lead to tooth loss if not treated. 

Another non-surgical approach to periodontal disease is the use of antibiotics or antimicrobials. While root scaling and planning are an effective way to break up the buildup of bacteria, there are some areas in the gum that are hard to reach with hand-held tools. In this case, an antibacterial mouth rinse or cream can be used in the mouth or applied around the gums. These will get the hard to reach areas of the mouth and get everywhere that we can’t with scaling and planning. 

Periodontal disease is incredibly serious because it can take a toll on your overall holistic health. Gum disease is often painless to start out with, making it an even bigger threat because it can go undetected until it has become too serious. 

Surgical procedures to correct gum disease can be painful and require long periods of time to heal. They often require the physical cutting away of your gums and then stitches to fix them back up. This surgery is invasive and painful and should be avoided at all costs. If you believe that you have periodontal disease or issues with your gums, non-surgical gum treatment is the best place to start.