If you have gingivitis or the second stage of gum disease, then there is hope for you. The dentists at can offer you several non-surgical treatments that will prevent the problems of gum disease. These treatments are non-invasive and can make sure your mouth is kept safe from both gum disease, and the bigger problems gum disease causes.
Scaling the Problem Back
The biggest cause of periodontal disease is tartar buildup which also contributes to the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. While standard cleanings can make sure any plaque around the gumline is removed, they do not do much for the bacteria pockets below the gumline. Scaling is often the first step to dealing with gum disease, and it allows for a deeper clean if it is needed.
We will remove all the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, getting rid of all the bacteria and cleaning out the bacteria pockets. Once the scaling is done, then the next phase can begin.
Root planing smooths the plaque and tartar from areas that have been damaged by bacteria. This is especially important if you have second-stage gum disease because bone loss and damage can occur. The root planing allows for damaged areas to be smoothed out and for any bacteria hiding in the roughness to be removed.
Medications Under the Gum
If some bacteria cannot be removed during the processes of scaling and root planing, then we recommend medication under the gumline. This is a necessary step for someone with advanced gum disease and can help with getting rid of excess bacteria. It is only effective if scaling and root planing are done first, and it does not work as a standalone treatment.
Antimicrobials can also be a way to treat the disease. You can take the antibiotics as an oral treatment and kill the last bits of the bacteria. Typically, our team will be able to recommend the perfect antibiotic for you, depending on the effectiveness of the previous treatments.
Once the procedures are complete, the area of your gums that were operated on gets flushed with water. Then they apply pressure and make sure the gum tissue regrows again. You might have some minor pain after the procedures, and you might have some problems after the procedure is done.
You might have bleeding gums or irritation, and possibly some discomfort. But other than that, your periodontitis is fixed. In order to prevent it from coming back, you need to practice good oral hygiene.
Be sure to brush, floss, and rinse your teeth with mouthwash. Additionally, if you can use fluoride and an electric toothbrush, then your oral health will increase. You will have to come back to us for follow-up appointments so we can inspect the cleaned gums and make sure the gum disease is completely gone.
We can help answer any of your questions. If you want tips on how to deal with your gum disease with nonsurgical options, be sure to call Delaware Periodontics at 302-551-3553 and we will help you out.