Non-Surgical Gum Therapy

It is possible that in spite of your best efforts, you may require more aggressive gum therapy.

After a thorough periodontal screening and examination we may choose more aggressive therapies aimed at eliminating or reducing the amounts of bacterial plaque accumulating below the gum line (generally cleaning and polishing of teeth is above the gum-line). This involves curettage, root-planning and/or treatment with site specific administration of medications to the affected gums. Curettage is the debridement of the soft tissue lining around the tooth. In disease this tissue is chronically irritated by bacteria deep below the visible gum-line and needs to be removed so that proper healing can occur. Root-planning is the removal and smoothing of micro-amounts of root surface so that a clean and un-infected surface is presented to the healing lining of soft tissue.

These two procedures are generally done simultaneously, and may require local anesthesia. They are skillfully performed by our well-trained hygienists.

Gum disease does not happen overnight and treatment generally is spread out over time. Generally, your condition is re-assessed in time and joint decisions are made about the next steps. The services of a specialist (Periodontist) may be required should surgical intervention be needed. Often, surgery allows for complete healing of the gum and bone, reduced mobility of teeth, and a greatly improved prognosis.

The hygiene team at Concept Dental Care will work with you to ensure that you have access to the care that best suits your needs. They will also help you hone your home-care skills so that you can maintain the optimum level of health.