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Periodontal Therapy


When bacteria get underneath your gums, they may cause an infection. Symptoms such as redness, bleeding, and inflammation are clues that your gums need care. The earliest stage of this condition is gingivitis. If your oral health does not improve, the problem may advance to periodontal disease, which can cause soft tissue loss and possible bone loss. Periodontal therapy aims to reverse the damage to your gums.

What Periodontal Therapy Is Used For

Periodontal therapy is used for restoring your soft gum tissue. It is a cost-effective way to help promote better oral health and to prevent gum disease from advancing. Your dentist may recommend periodontal therapy when your gums require more care than oral hygiene can provide.

Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy

Non-surgical periodontal therapy is focused on the removal of plaque and tartar from around and beneath your gum line. Root scaling is a method of removing plaque and tartar from the tooth root under your gums. Root planing smooths the root’s surface so that bacteria cannot grow there. These therapies can be combined with antibiotic therapy to reduce the population of bacteria colonizing your mouth. Tray delivery systems may also be used to get medication to your gum tissue.

Surgical Periodontal Therapy

There are several types of surgical periodontal therapy that may be needed to restore your gum tissue if non-surgical therapies do not provide effective results for your condition. Pocket reduction surgery helps to remove the deep pockets around your tooth roots. A soft tissue graft uses tissue from your palate or a donor. The tissue is stitched to the places where your gum tissue has receded. A protein matrix can be applied at the same time to foster soft tissue growth.

When you are in need of periodontal therapy, let Cam Kesteven, DDS, be your first choice. Call Kesteven Dental Care Studio today.