Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Services in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill
It's not how the patient keeps their teeth clean, or not clean, necessarily. It's how your body responds to the bacteria that is there. It's a disease that can go through exacerbation and remission, it can get worse, then it can get better. Our goal is to help them get better and stay better. Some people have to have cleanings more often, because I was a hygienist from '72, until I went to dental school in '81. I actually worked for a periodontist as the hygienist. I did root cleanings, scaling, and I'm very into that non-surgical treatment. Surgical treatment is where they flap the gums all the way down. Sometimes you have to do that to be able to get the tartar and calculus off, but if you can do it without that, it's so much better for the patient. We do do deep cleanings in the office, we also have a machine, where we can do a medicated cleaning, where there's warm water, with chlorhexidine, and anti-bacteria solution in it. It goes down in, and the cleans, and flushes the pockets out really well. We get great results with non-surgical perio treatment. There's also a great toothpaste out there called Livionex, and Livionex actually keeps the bacteria from making its little matrix, its little plaque matrix. It keeps the bacteria from collecting and growing around the roots, and that's helpful too. I'm always out there looking for something to help patients. Some patients can leave bacteria all over their teeth, and they're not susceptible. It depends on your monocytes, in your body. It depends on your immune response.
- red gums
- tender gums
- swollen gums
- bleeding gums
- teeth that have shifted out of place
- loose teeth
- receding gums or gums that pull away from the teeth
- chronic bad breath
- Scaling removes tartar and plaque from the surface of the teeth. Using a combination of electronic and manual scaling, your dental hygienist will gently scrape off the tartar and plaque that has built up since your last cleaning.
- Root planing involves cleaning the periodontal pockets to prevent the spread of gum problems. Deep, clogged periodontal pockets trap plaque deposits deep inside the gums and can lead to gum inflammation. By cleaning out these pockets, inflammation can be stopped and prevented.
- Polishing finishes the process by cleaning away any stains and brushing away any remaining dental debris.
- Brush your teeth twice per day using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.
- Floss once per day to remove any buildup in between your teeth.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Maintain a regular dental cleaning and exam schedule.