We specialize in improving smiles in the least invasive, but most effective, way possible for all of our patients in Anchorage. When treating gum disease, we’ve found that a non-surgical approach consisting of one or more of the following should be the first course of treatment.
Since an important goal in the treatment of gum disease is to rid the teeth and gums of bacteria, the deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing is often a very good first choice. The scaling procedure involves removing plaque from all surfaces of a patient’s teeth, which includes above and below the gum line. Root planing then smooths the tooth’s surface which makes it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to in the future.
Periodontal pockets and bone loss, two conditions of advanced gum disease, can result in the formation of tiny, hard to reach areas. Because hand-held instruments can’t reach these areas, it’s best to try to disinfect them with a prescription antimicrobial rinse or a topical antibiotic which is applied directly to the affected region of the gum.
If any of your teeth have become loosened, they may require a bite adjustment treatment to protect them from the stresses of everyday biting and chewing. This is especially true if you grind or clench your teeth. A bite adjustment can carefully reshape small amounts of a tooth’s surface enamel as a way to change the mechanics of the upper and lower teeth contacting each other. This will then lessen the impact they have on each other.
Because dental plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease, it’s critical that it be removed every day. This means that patients will play a key role to eliminate periodontal disease. We’ll instruct you with the most effective brushing and flossing techniques and provide product recommendations for at-home use. Of course, Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC will be at your side every step of the way to ensure your periodontal treatment succeeds.
Make your appointment now with Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC to learn more about non-surgical periodontal treatment offered in our conveniently located Anchorage office. Our dentists have been caring for the smiles of Anchorage patients for many years, and we look forward to caring for you and your family’s dental needs.