At Concord Dental Associates, we don’t rush to surgery when we have the option to try non-surgical gum disease therapy in Concord, NH. If we can achieve the same results with non-invasive therapy, then that’s what we’ll recommend. There’s no reason to subject patients to invasive procedures when they’re not necessary.
Periodontitis can range from mild to severe. If you’re looking for non-surgical gum disease therapy near you, we’re here to help. At Concord Dental Associates, we have dentists near you who are well-trained and experienced in treating periodontal disease. It’s a common problem that we diagnose and treat almost weekly.
Plaque and tartar that contain bacteria are the culprits in most cases of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing are essential first steps in the treatment of the condition. We perform scaling to remove aggregates and collections like plaque that form over and around teeth. Leaving them in place will lead to worsening of the condition as they contain replicating bacteria.
Root planing is then done to smoothen roots. Having smooth roots makes it harder for plaque and tartar to reform and adhere. Many patients respond well to scaling and root planing, but further treatment is sometimes required.
Infections might persist or recur due to bacterial presence in areas that are hard to reach using our tools. We can use topical antibiotics to treat the infection in these areas. In severe cases of periodontal disease, we might recommend oral antibiotics. We don’t like to use antibiotics for too long because they can kill other beneficial types of bacteria in the mouth.
Any dentist in Concord will tell you to take good care of your oral hygiene. Patients should brush twice a day and floss at least once. To keep plaque and tartar from growing, you should visit a dentist at least once every six months for regular cleanings.
Patients who don’t respond to all of these interventions might need to adjust their bite or intervene surgically. Only a small number of patients end up needing dental surgery.
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