Treating Gum Disease Without Surgery

The purpose of gum disease treatment is to remove harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums. Although gum disease can’t be reversed once it has progressed past its beginning stage, gingivitis, the condition can be managed to minimize future damage to the mouth. At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Robin Rutherford prefers a non-surgical approach to gum disease treatment whenever possible. In addition to scaling and root planing, Dr. Rutherford may conduct saliva testing to diagnose the exact type of bacteria present, allowing him to prescribe the most appropriate antibiotics for the patient’s needs. Many people also benefit from laser therapy, which removes the diseased tissue, destroys the bacteria, and promotes healing of the gums. Since the most effective way to manage gum disease is with consistent oral care, Dr. Rutherford advises patients to adhere to a strict oral hygiene regimen at home, including use of the advanced Perio Protect® system. Perio Protect is a topical medication delivery system that involves the use of custom-made trays, in which the medicated gel is applied. The trays are then worn for the recommended duration and frequency—typically 10 to 15 minute sessions, one to three times daily. These trays fit snuggly, causing pressure…

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Studio 7’s ‘Art of Dentistry: Teeth Grinding’

In our latest video, Dr. Rutherford discusses the dangers of one of dentistry’s most common problems – teeth grinding. He tell us not only what can be done to fix worn teeth, but also what options you have if you are one of the many teeth grinders out there.

Studio 7’s ‘Art of Dentistry: Why Teeth Break’

Have you ever had a broken tooth and wondered – how did this happen? If you have a cavity filling that covers a majority of your tooth, it is likely that over time a crack will develop and a thin shell of your tooth’s enamel will break off. Dr. Rutherford explains how instead of getting it filled again, you should probably get a crown – learn more!

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