Non-Surgical Treatments For Gum Disease
By Alan M. Timko, DMD
October 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how we can manage your gum disease with less invasive techniques.

When you find out you have gum disease, it can feel rather defeating. Fortunately, our Pittsburgh, PA periodontist, Dr. Alan Timko, also gum diseaseoffers non-invasive treatments for controlling your gum disease without the need for surgery. Find out more about this non-surgical gum disease treatment and whether it’s right for you.

While surgery is most often recommended for patients with severe forms of gum disease, if you are dealing with only mild to moderate forms then non-surgical treatments may also be available to you. One of the most common treatment options for treating gum disease in Pittsburgh is scaling and root planing.

While scaling and root planing may just seem like a regular dental cleaning, it’s a lot more in depth than that. A regular dental cleaning that you get every six months only cleans the part of your teeth that you are able to see when you smile. However, if you have gum disease, issues such as tartar, plaque and bacteria are lurking under the gums where you can’t see it. When you get scaling and root planing we will use both manual and ultrasonic instruments to remove tartar and plaque buildup from teeth and under the gums.

Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, we will start on the gums and the tooth roots. Since gum disease causes infected pockets within the gums we will want to remove plaque and tartar from these areas, as well as clean the tooth roots and smooth down the root surface to prevent bacteria from reattaching to this area. This nonsurgical treatment is the only way to remove buildup and bacteria from tooth roots.

For many people in the early stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing is an amazing way to reverse the effects of this chronic disorder and improve the health of the gums. Of course, once scaling and root planing is finished it doesn’t mean your dental treatment in Pittsburgh is over. While most people won’t need additional scaling and root planing treatments they will need to come into our office more often for maintenance cleanings to make sure that everything is still looking and feeling its best.

Do you have questions about scaling and root planing? Ready to find out if it could treat your gum disease and get rid of your symptoms? If so, then it’s time you called our Pittsburgh, PA periodontal office to schedule an appointment with us. Your gums deserve only the best care.