Non-surgical Gum Therapy
Painless and slow-growing, gum disease is a serious condition that sometimes requires aggressive treatment. After a comprehensive periodontal screening, if gum disease is present, we may recommend non-surgical gum therapy.
The top three non-surgical gum disease treatments are local medication, curettage, and root-planning. All of these can be done in our office and you may be given local anaesthesia to keep you comfortable. Gum disease treatment is likely to take place over time, as your dentist may try a treatment and then assesses its effectiveness.
Here are some of the non-surgical gum treatment options we use:
Localized medication: Once the bacterial plaque and tartar present below the gum line has been identified, medication may be administered directly into the affected areas as an initial step towards thwarting the gum disease.
Curettage: Curettage has been used to treat teeth affected by gum disease. Usually, when your gum is infected, the tissues around your tooth can show signs of inflammation and chronic irritation. Through the process of curettage, we will remove the diseased gum tissue so that new, healthy gum tissue can grow.
Root-planing: Root-planing is a non-surgical procedure to effectively treat periodontal disease. Sometimes, gum disease affects the surface of your tooth’s root. We undertake this procedure to give your soft tissue a chance to heal by removing small amounts of the infected root surface.
If any of the above treatments do not address your gum disease, we may make a referral to a periodontist.