Non-surgical periodontal treatment is a group of minimally invasive procedures for gum disease. Dr. Gleaner and the team specialize in the treatment of:
Gingivitis is an infection of your gum tissue. It occurs when plaque –– a film of saliva, bacteria, and food particles –– collects on the surface of your teeth. Early on, gingivitis doesn’t always present symptoms. As the infection gets worse, your gums might bleed when you brush or floss.
Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. Periodontitis is a more serious infection that causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. As the infection gets worse, you might experience loose teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, or persistent bad breath.
You might be a candidate for non-surgical periodontal treatment if you experience symptoms like:
As gum disease gets worse, you might also notice that your teeth look longer as a result of gum recession.
Dr. Gleaner and the team offer several types of non-surgical periodontal treatment, including:
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque from the surface of your teeth and beneath your gums. During scaling and root planing, Dr. Gleaner or a member of the team uses special tools to remove the plaque. Then, they smooth out the surfaces of your teeth, allowing your gums to reattach.
If your gum disease doesn’t respond to scaling and root planing, Dr. Gleaner might recommend oral antibiotics. These drugs reduce inflammation and prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and spreading.
Dr. Gleaner and the team typically recommend topical antibiotic gels and strips in combination with scaling and root planing. Topical antibiotic gels and strips are applied directly to your gum tissue. They reduce inflammation, prevent harmful bacteria from reproducing, and encourage your body’s healing process.
To determine the type of non-surgical periodontal treatment that will most benefit you, Dr. Gleaner conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms. After collecting the necessary information, he develops a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.
To receive non-surgical periodontal treatment, make an appointment at Dr. David Gleaner Family Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.