Trust Our Nonsurgical Periodontal Procedures
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details and severity of the problem.
At Big Oak Family Dentistry we always start with the least invasive options, which are nonsurgical, but in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary. Below are some of our nonsurgical periodontal services that we offer.
Scaling and Root Planing
This is the removal of hard and soft deposits from the teeth and roots of teeth. This includes bacterial plaque (germs) and the toxins they produce and the mineralized form of plaque called calculus (tartar).
These deposits cause irritation and infection of the gums and bone loss around the teeth.
Scaling and root planing is a very technique-sensitive procedure that uses a combination of sonic, ultrasonic, and hand instrument.
Supportive Periodontal Maintenance
Once your gums have been brought back to health, it is imperative that a maintenance schedule be designed to fit your needs.
Typically, your teeth will be cleaned, scaled, and polished every 3 months. These 3-month intervals help keep the plaque levels around the gums minimal and thus significantly reduce your risk of reinfection.
Chemotherapeutic irrigation is the direct delivery of an antibacterial or antimicrobial solution into an infected area. This procedure is often done in conjunction with scaling and root planing.