The Benefits of Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Not everyone with gum disease will require surgery. Discover your options!
You’ve just been diagnosed with gum disease. This can be a rather confusing time. After all, you want to do whatever you can to manage your symptoms and improve the health and appearance of your gums but you aren’t exactly sure how to do it. That’s where our Tampa, FL, periodontists, Dr. Maria Torres and Dr. Alberto Ruiz, can help.
For those with more mild to moderate forms of gum disease, you are in luck. Our Tampa gum disease doctors may be able to treat your condition without surgery. A simple procedure known as scaling and root planing may be all that’s needed to treat your issues and improve the health of your gums.
During scaling and root planing, we are able to clean under the gumline and the roots to remove tartar and plaque buildup. We are also able to smooth down the roots of your teeth to make it a less hospitable environment for bacteria to thrive and grow.
Scaling and root planing are performed under local anesthesia, so the areas we treat will be thoroughly numbed for a completely painless procedure. Sometimes this treatment can be completed in a single visit or we will need to treat a quarter of your mouth at a time. It’s not unusual for gums to be a bit tender after this treatment; however, if you continue to maintain good oral hygiene (meaning that you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day) you will soon notice that your gums will become healthy and pink once more. After scaling and root planing some patients don’t need further treatment, but in many cases you will require some form of maintenance therapy to keep gums feeling and looking their best.
If you want to find out whether non-surgical periodontal therapy is the right way to treat your gum issues, then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Endodontics & Periodontics Associates of Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL. Call us today!