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Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy

 

The initial stage of treatment is usually involves a scaling and root planing treatment. Scaling and root planing is a thorough cleaning of the crown and root surfaces of the tooth to remove plaque and tartar deposits from beneath the gum line. Cleaning of the tooth root surfaces smooth the root surface, allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.

Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbial agents (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended at the time of scaling and root planing. This may be done to help control the growth of bacteria, which creates toxins and causes periodontal disease and to encourage normal healing.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar during professional cleanings. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to reduce pockets and restore periodontal health.

You will need to be seen approximately four to six weeks after scaling and root planning to evaluate healing, oral hygiene, and to discuss any additional required treatment. A periodontal maintenance schedule will be recommended at this time.

Case 1- Non-Surgical Scaling and Root Planing
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Case 2- Non-Surgical Scaling and Root Planing
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