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Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Non-surgical periodontal therapy is a treatment approach used to manage early to moderate stages of periodontal disease without surgery. This type of therapy focuses on the removal of bacterial plaque and calculus (not the math kind!), which can lead to gum inflammation and subsequent bone loss. It typically involves a combination of scaling and root planing, antimicrobial agents, and patient education to achieve optimal oral health. And while that may sound like a mouthful to say, it is a series of treatments that will help you have a happy and healthy mouth.

Benefits of non-surgical periodontal therapy

Non-surgical periodontal therapy offers several benefits over conventional surgical interventions:
Minimally Invasive: Non-surgical therapy is nearly non-invasive and does not require incisions, making it the preferred choice for patients interested in experiencing less discomfort and faster recovery times.
Cost-Effective: Non-surgical therapy is typically less expensive than surgical interventions, making it a more accessible option for patients.
Improved Oral Health: Non-surgical therapy can improve oral health by reducing inflammation and preventing further damage to the gums and supporting structures.

How does non-surgical periodontal therapy work?

The procedure for non-surgical periodontal therapy typically involves the following steps:
Evaluation: The periodontist will evaluate the patient’s oral health, which may include a review of the patient’s medical history, an examination of the teeth and gums, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays and periodontal probing.
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that involves removing the bacterial plaque and calculus that has accumulated on the teeth and below the gum line. The dentist or hygienist will use special tools to clean the teeth and root surfaces, making them smooth and less susceptible to bacterial buildup. The procedure may require multiple visits depending on the severity of the infection.
Antimicrobial Agents: Antimicrobial agents may be prescribed as part of the treatment plan to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. They may be administered in the form of pills, topical gels, or mouth rinses.
Patient Education: Patient education is an essential component of non-surgical periodontal therapy. The dentist or hygienist will provide guidance on proper oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and the use of interdental cleaners. The patient will also be advised on the importance of regular check-ups and cleanings to maintain optimal oral health.

Aftercare for non-surgical periodontal therapy

Aftercare for non-surgical periodontal therapy is critical to ensuring the success of the treatment. The patient should follow these guidelines:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene is essential to prevent a recurrence of the infection. The patient should brush twice a day, floss daily, and use interdental cleaners as recommended by the periodontist.
Attend Regular Dental Check-Ups: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to monitor the progress of the treatment and to detect any signs of a recurrence early on.
Quit Smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontal disease. Patients who smoke should quit to improve their chances of success with non-surgical periodontal therapy.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, can help to improve overall health and reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.

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