Maintaining your periodontal health is at the center of retaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Non-surgical therapies address and prevent the breakdown of the supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause the disintegration of these structures, and non-surgical treatments allow for the stability of your periodontal health without the need for invasive surgeries. Whether it is through regular cleaning or the adjustment of your bite, non-surgical therapies can contribute to your overall dental health.
What Are Non-Surgical Therapies?
Periodontal therapies are available in both surgical and non-surgical variations. While advanced stages of periodontal disease may require surgical attention, much of your periodontal health can be addressed through non-surgical therapies and periodontal maintenance. These therapies will prevent your periodontal condition from worsening while treatment occurs. This maintenance also prevents additional bone and tooth loss.
Non-Surgical Therapies Can...
- Address the beginning stages of periodontal disease
- Restore a healthy and aesthetically beautiful bite
- Provide relief from bacterial infections
- Maintain your periodontal health
Your Treatment Options
Your Treatment Options
This thorough cleaning removes plaque and tartar deposits from beneath the gum line. During this procedure, Dr. Salamati may plane the tooth roots to smooth the surface, allowing the gum tissue and tooth to reattach. If pockets between the teeth and gums are already present, surgical options may be required; however, for many patients, scaling and root planing maintains your periodontal health, and additional active treatments are not required.
When infections are present at the time of the scaling and root planing procedure, systemic antibiotics are prescribed to fight bacteria-related infections. Systemic antibiotics are oral antibiotics.
Unlike systemic antibiotics, local delivery of antimicrobials is delivered directly into the periodontal pockets. This medication suppresses and eliminates periodontal bacteria.
Bite therapy restores a healthy, well-functioning bite. This therapy addresses teeth that show wear, looseness, or jaw joint damage and can include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces to create even pressure across your entire bite
- Applying braces to adjust mal-aligned teeth
- Replacing old or damaged fillings
- Reconstructing damaged teeth
- Using a custom-fitted, plastic bite guard to decrease pressure on the teeth
Frequently Asked Questions
Periodontal disease can be caused by many factors, including:
- Hormonal changes
- Tobacco use
- Poor nutrition
While there is no absolute cure for periodontal disease, non-surgical therapies can keep your condition stable and minimize the risk of tooth loss.
Patients who are treated with periodontal therapies often need to see their dentists for cleanings every three months, opposed to the traditional six-month check ups. This way your dentist can monitor your periodontal health and keep you smiling longer.
While non-surgical therapies provide substantial relief and treatment for periodontal issues, there are limitations, and advanced stages of periodontal disease may require surgical procedures to restore the periodontal anatomy that has been damaged or destroyed.
The best way to prevent periodontal problems is through consistent and proper at-home oral care. You should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush at least twice a day, floss and rinse on a daily basis, and attend regular check ups with Dr. Salamati.