Non-Surgical Treatment of Gum Diseases
Scaling and Root Planing
Healthy gums do not bleed. If plaque and tartar embedded in a sticky biofilm is left on teeth it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritates the gums causing bleeding. This is the early stage of gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated eventually this will cause a periodontal pocket and cause more damage. Gum disease can break down the bone structure and teeth will become loose. Scaling and Root Planing is an effective way to treat gum disease. Scaling is the process of removing tartar from the surfaces of teeth. Root Planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure.
Arestin is a locally administered antibiotic treatment used to treat gum disease resulting in a higher concentraton of antibiotic than taking it by mouth. Arestin is placed beneath the gum directly into the infected periodontal pocket following a Scaling and Root Planing. It is painless to apply and is completely resorbed. Using Arestin following Scaling and Root Planing significantly reduces pocket depth.
Laser Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures. A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow beam of light energy. The light used by the laser can remove or reshape tissue.When a laser light comes in contact with tissue, it removes the infected internal gum lining tissue. For treatment of gum disease the laser light is gently used to remove bacteria and diseased tissue from gum pockets. This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows you to heal naturally so that the gum pockets improve and teeth become stable. Since less tissue is removed, there is less shrinkage and root exposure than from a surgical approach.
PerioFlo is a dental device designed to significantly remove biofilm, that sticky substance that holds bacteria on the root under the gumline. PerioFlo makes the diseased root surface cleaner and assist in the regeneration of the apparatus that connects the tooth to the jawbone.
Emdogain is a treatment procedure that uses proteins and enzymes to regenerate lost gum tissue, bone, and the structures that anchor teeth to bone. After local anesthetic is applied to the affected area, the hard and soft deposits are removed and the root surface is cleaned. Emdogain is then applied to the root surface. A follow up will be scheduled to check the healing process.
Teeth become loose because of lost gum tissue, injury, orthodontic treatment, or pressure caused by misalignment of teeth. Periodontal splinting is a process by which loose teeth are stabilized by splinting them to adjoining teeth. The most common location for periodontal splinting is on the front teeth. The procedure is as simple as using a composite material and a thin wire or mesh placed on the back of any loose teeth and the adjoining stable teeth, stabilizing the teeth. Splinting is an important procedure when necessary because teeth, like broken bones, heal better when there is less mobility of the parts.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
Telephone: 713-771-7101 FAX: 713-771-7102
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