Non-Surgical Gum Treatments

Conservative non-surgical gum treatment can avoid or delay the need for advanced periodontal therapy. The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. If you experience any indicators of unhealthy gums call our office today to Schedule a consultation to discuss non-surgical gum treatments at English Rows Dental Group.

Signs of Unhealthy Periodontium Include:

  • Gums that are red and bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that are pulled away from the tooth
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in the position or bite of the teeth.

With proper gum treatments,  it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state.  If you’re having a problem, come in and see English Rows Dental Group so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents.  It is important to have gum problems checked promptly, as gum disease left alone may eventually need treatment through surgery or extraction.

Unhealthy Periodontium

When treating gum disease, it is often best to begin with a non-surgical approach consisting of one or more of the following:

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling plaque from the teeth above the gum is followed by root planing removing additional plaque built up below the gum line. If this plaque is left untreated it can cause periodontal disease. A local anesthetic is applied to help numb the area to avoid any discomfort. Follow up examinations

Antibiotics

If recommended the placement of medications under the gum line can help fight and kill bacteria following a dental cleaning or root planing procedure. Your dentist can best determine if treatment with the localized placement of medication below the gum line can help fight gum disease.

Occlusal Adjustment

Your teeth overtime shift and can leave your bite unbalanced. Adjusting your bite can help improve the comfort of your bite as well as reduce advanced wear and tear on your teeth often caused by grinding. In addition to adjustments sometimes a dental guard or splint can protect your teeth as well as relax your jaw muscles.

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