The Benefits of Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, occurs when the gums become infected. Signs of the disease include swollen and tender gums that bleed after brushing and flossing. Left untreated, gum disease can spread to other areas of the mouth and lead to tooth loss. Gum disease can be prevented by maintaining a good daily oral hygiene routine at home. If gum disease develops, several non-surgical therapies are available to treat it. At Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics, Dr. Alexander Pritsky is your dentist for periodontics in Fresno, CA.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. Lingering bacteria cause plaque to form on the teeth. Plaque leads to the development of tartar. When tartar builds up, gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, sets in. Signs of gum disease include:
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed after eating, brushing, or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose or missing teeth
- Severe toothaches
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
See a periodontist for treatment if you develop any of the signs associated with gum disease. There are non-surgical therapy options for treating gum disease, including:
- Antibiotics and antimicrobials
- Scaling and root planing
Non-surgical periodontal therapies offer several benefits. They quickly and effectively stop the spread of infection and restore the health of your gums without the need for invasive surgery. Antibiotics and antimicrobials work by disinfecting difficult to reach areas inside the mouth and clearing away bacteria. Bite adjustment is performed to realign the bite and alleviate excess stress on the teeth and gums, which can contribute to the gums more easily becoming infected.
Scaling and root planing are techniques for thoroughly cleaning the teeth down to the roots. Scaling is a method for cleaning away hard-to-reach plaque and tarter just below the gum line. Root planing is used to treat the tooth root by removing signs of infection and smoothing the root, which helps the gums heal and reattach to the tooth if they have come loose. Your Fresno periodontics practice can recommend the right periodontal therapy for your gums.
There are many benefits of non-surgical periodontal therapies for treating gum disease. You can stop the spread of gum disease and have your oral health restored without surgery. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritsky, your dentist for periodontics in Fresno, CA call FresnDentalal Implants and Periodontics at (559) 298-3900.