In terms of periodontal health, the least invasive methods should be used first in treating your periodontal issues. Non-surgical periodontal treatment is used by Dr. David Rosen in order to treat gum disease in Lexington, MA. While it has been proven to be successful, in some severe cases surgery may be needed to restore your periodontal health.
About Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
There are a few stages of periodontal disease. The mildest is gingivitis that causes the gums to be swollen, red and to bleed. There is little to no discomfort at this stage of gum disease. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. The toxins that are produced by this bacteria irritate the gums leading to an infection. The gums will separate from the teeth forming pockets that become infected. As the disease continues to progress, the pockets will deepen and more gum tissue as well as bone is destroyed. The teeth can even become loose and may need to be removed.
As you can see, it is important to treat gum disease at all stages. The most common way to do so is with root planing and scaling, the careful cleaning of the root surfaces. It is done in order to remove tartar and plaque from deep pockets as well as to smooth the tooth root to remove toxins. It is sometimes followed up with antibiotics and antimicrobials, depending on the severity of the case. Typically, ongoing maintenance is done in order to sustain the patient’s health.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen in Lexington, MA to discuss treatment for your gum disease, call 781-862-4550 today.