In treating gum disease (gingivitis), a periodontist will often attempt to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria using non-surgical methods before performing surgery. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bleeding of the gums during brushing
- Red and inflamed gums
- Eventual looseness of the teeth due to the gums around them wearing away
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Procedure
The two main types of non-surgical periodontal therapy are deep scaling and root planing. Deep scaling involves removing tartar from the visible surface of the teeth, while root planing involves smoothening the root surfaces of the teeth below the gum line and removing any infected tooth structures. This helps prevent more bacteria from growing in between the teeth and gums.
A periodontist will use a combination of hand tools and electric- or air-powered tools. The hand tools often have metal edges that scrape plaque off teeth, and powered tools use water or vibration to remove plaque.
Scaling and planing are typically painless, although some soreness and temperature sensitivity may occur for the first few days after the procedure, as well as some bleeding from the gums. An antiseptic mouth rinse may be recommended as well.
Schedule a Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy with Stoner Periodontic Specialists
Dr. Jason C. Stoner and Dr. Daniel Murphy perform non-surgical periodontal therapies at their Dublin and New Albany offices in Columbus, Ohio. Please call (614) 889-8222 or click here to schedule an online appointment.