Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
Anyone can be suffering from gum disease, even if you take good care of your teeth. Even though its growth is slow, and it is usually painless, it is still serious and can require an aggressive treatment approach. At Millcroft, we provide comprehensive periodontal screening. If gum disease is present, we may recommend non-surgical gum therapy. The most common non-surgical gum disease treatments are local medication, curettage, and root-planning.
Localized medication: Medication can be administered directly to the area below your gum line that is accumulating plaque and bacteria. This can be a first step towards thwarting gum disease.
Curettage: The tissue around the tooth of a diseased gum can demonstrate signs of chronic irritation and inflammation. Curettage is the process of removing the infected gum tissue so that new, healthy gum tissue can replace it.
Root-Planning: Gum disease can reach the surface of your tooth’s root. To give your soft tissue a chance to heal, we can remove and smooth small amounts of the infected root surface. This process is called root-planning.
We can do all three in our office, and may give you local anesthesia for your comfort. Regardless of treatment choice, keep in mind that the treatment process can take time, as your dentist has to try a treatment to then assess its effectiveness. If these approaches are not sufficient, Millcroft Dental Care can refer a periodontist, who could surgically remove the diseased tissue to allow proper healing.