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Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy: What to Expect

Posted on 7/24/2023 by Evan
Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy: What to ExpectWhen someone mentions periodontal treatment, many assume the process must be surgical. However, it is not always the case. There are non-surgical treatment options available to you that you can opt to use. These methods include:

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are where the dentist precisely cleans your root surfaces to eliminate plaque and tartar. The procedure removes the bacterial toxins, promoting healing and preventing further damage.


Dentists may also recommend antibiotic medications to help eradicate periodontal bacteria. This method is often combined with scaling and root planing for the best results.

What to expect during non-surgical periodontal therapy?

The procedure you undertake largely depends on your dentist's preferences. However, here are some common steps you can expect:

Assessment and Planning

On your first visit to the dentist, the dentist will want to assess your condition. The dentist will assess your gum disease's progression to determine the appropriate treatment plan for you. The dentist can do this by taking X-rays and measuring the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gums.

Local Anesthesia

Root planing and scaling are uncomfortable, especially if you have sensitive teeth. Your periodontist may administer local anesthesia to help numb the treatment area. The dentist usually injects the anesthesia into the gum tissue using a needle. After that, the procedure takes place whereby the periodontist uses special equipment to clean your teeth surfaces and roots.

Post-Treatment Care

Your dentist may give you instructions on how to care for your teeth and gums at home. Also, the dentist may require you to do some follow-up visits, whereby he can assess your condition. During the follow-up visits, the dentist may recommend additional treatments if necessary.

Non-periodontal therapy is a good option you can use. It can help restore your oral health and prevent your teeth from incurring further damage.

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