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Gum Disease Treatment

NON-SURGICAL PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

Gum Disease can not be cured, but can be treated.  The least invasive and first line of treatment is to have a deeper, more theraputic cleaning.  This is done through a procedure called Scaling and Root Planing.

SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

Scaling and Root Planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Scaling and root planing is sometimes followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials, systemic antibiotics, and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.

Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health.