Non-Surgical Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Nearly 50% of Americans suffer from different types of periodontal disease. Many people believe that surgery is a necessary remedy, but the fact is not everyone with gum disease requires surgical intervention. At Port Jefferson Smiles, we offer non-surgical treatments, such as root planing, commonly “deep cleaning”, to effectively treat periodontal disease.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria that destroys the gum, the tooth roots and eventually the bone that supports the teeth. Some of the symptoms or signs of periodontal disease include red or swollen gums, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, chronic bad breath or loose teeth. Regular dental cleaning is often inadequate to treat periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are the most common procedures for treating periodontal disease. Unlike regular cleaning and polishing that only cleans the plaque above the gum line, scaling and root planing remove tartar or plaque buildup below the gum line and allow for gums, bones and surrounding tissues to heal.
Patients are prescribed oral antibiotics to help fight bacteria that contributes to the development of disease. This is often used in combination with other non-surgical procedures.
Placement of Medication Under The Gum Line
Your doctor will administer the proper dose of medication underneath the gum line as a means to help combat harmful bacteria. This is not intended to be a standalone treatment, however, and is typically used in conjunction with scaling and root planing.
Laser therapy for periodontal disease is a non-surgical replacement for periodontal surgery. Laser treatment is used to eliminate inflamed gum tissue and promote healing and regeneration. At Port Jefferson Smiles, we have extensive experience and training, as well as technology, to perform laser therapy safely.
Benefits of Non-Surgical Treatments
- Safe and effective
- Less invasive than surgery
- Short recovery time
- Less discomfort than with surgery
- Few diet restrictions post-procedure
- Improved oral health
If you or someone you know is interested in Non-Surgical Treatment of Periodontal Disease, visit Port Jefferson Smiles in Port Jefferson Station, New York, to find out the best treatment option for you. Call Port Jefferson Smiles at (631) 928-1300 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.