Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Various non-surgical methods can be used to restore periodontal health if the periodontal disease is detected during its early stages. For those who do not have gum disease, professional cleanings are sufficient. However, for those with gingivitis, deeper cleanings may become necessary for treating the condition. Both scaling and root planing are considered the two most popular non-surgical procedures that help minimize the progression of periodontal disease.
The scaling and root planing help in the effective removal of plaque and tartar that has been accumulated below the gum line. The root surfaces present in the teeth are then smoothed. The progression of gum disease can be halted with the help of scaling and root planing since periodontal disease can be considered an inflammatory response to plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins. To further reduce the bacteria, the dentist may administer antimicrobial medication that will be placed under the gumline.
The dentist may recommend surgery for stopping the progression of periodontal disease if the desired outcomes are not achieved through non-surgical procedures for gum disease.