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 to send the medication deep below the gum line.
With regular maintenance, including in-office treatments and at-home care, patients with gum disease can often avoid the need for surgery later on. To learn how you can manage your condition and protect your oral health for the long term, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rutherford.