The early stages of periodontal disease are most often best treated with non-surgical therapy. Which is why we tend to be conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to cases of absolute necessity. Even in those instances, we often prescribe non-surgical therapy first in an effort to improve tissue health as much as possible, limiting both the invasiveness and the extent of the surgical treatment.
Scaling and root planing, for example, is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins, allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In the majority of cases, scaling and root planing may be the full extent of the patient’s treatment.
Our non-surgical treatments include:
- Oral hygiene education
- Periodontal therapy
- Scaling and root planing
- Culturing bacterial plaque (to determine the appropriate antibacterial therapy)
- Laser-assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
- Bite adjustment
- Bruxism and TMD therapy
- Oral Appliance Therapy for sleep apnea