There are a wide range of procedures at the disposal of periodontists for the treatment of periodontal diseases and conditions. When multiple treatment choices are available, the American Academy of Periodontology supports the use of the most minimally invasive and cost-efficient option. Often, this means that patients can undergo non-surgical treatments to restore periodontal health. Examples of non-surgical periodontal treatments include:
- Scaling and Root Planing – This procedure, commonly known as an in-office professional “deep cleaning,” is used to remove bacteria and built-up tartar from deep within the gum pockets surrounding the teeth. These deep areas are impossible for the patient to clean effectively with simple brushing and flossing, and act as reservoirs for bacteria accumulation which leads to harmful periodontal disease and inflammation.
- Tray Delivery – Used to treat periodontal disease, tray delivery systems are at-home antibiotic treatments used in pre-measured trays.
- Localize Antibiotic Delivery – The placement of antibiotics directly into the pockets around your teeth to eliminate disease-causing bacteria.
- Host Modulation Therapy – Use of specific medication to help your body prevent breakdown of your gum tissue around your teeth.
- Prescription Antibacterials – Along with your home oral care routine, Dr. Nguyen can prescribe specific oral medications, as well as prescription strength rinses to help treat periodontal disease.
- Specialized Oral Hygiene Devices – Successful periodontal disease treatment requires both treatment by the periodontist/dentist, as well as effective and diligent home care by the patient. Dr. Nguyen can recommend specific oral hygiene devices that can be tailored to your specific oral care maintenance needs!
Did you know…
that periodontal disease is a serious epidemic throughout the U.S.? The disease can be found in half of all adults over the age of 30. According to the Centers for Disease Control, periodontal disease can range from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). Approximately 16 percent of Americans have either the mildest or most severe forms of periodontal disease, leaving about 30 percent with a moderate to advanced case of the disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for non-surgical periodontal treatment?
Only your dentist or periodontist can tell you if you are a candidate for non-surgical periodontal treatment, which is typically recommended to patients with mild to moderate periodontal disease. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen to find out if non-surgical treatment is right for you.
What should I expect during a non-surgical periodontal treatment?
Your experience will vary depending on the type of treatment you receive. Many patients undergo in-office scaling and root planing. During this procedure, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort, and a small instruments will be used to remove tartar and smooth the tooth’s root to prevent bacteria build-up. You will likely be given medication as well to eliminate disease-causing bacteria.
Will I need to follow any special instructions following non-surgical periodontal treatment?
In the days following your scaling and root planing treatment, you may experience heightened tooth sensitivity. Use a sensitivity toothpaste and try to eat only soft foods to prevent pain. If you were prescribed antibiotic, be sure to take it according to your periodontist’s instructions.