Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease (periodontitis) are best treated with Non Surgical Procedures therapy. Even in severe cases of periodontal disease, non-surgical periodontal therapy often precedes surgical therapy. This is done to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery.

Flossing The Teeth At The Subgingival Level Can Help Prevent Surgery In Some Cases
“Flossing” The Teeth At The Subgingival Level Can Help Prevent Surgery In Some Cases

Periodontitis can occur when the gums go untreated and are allowed to continue to decline until the disease sets in. Bacteria will cause the gums to separate away from the teeth by creating pockets of tissue and bone loss. When this happens the next step of decline occurs to the bone which supports the teeth. If allowed to continue then the teeth will become loose and possibly begin to fall out.

Periodontal disease can often be prevented through changing oral health habits and utilizing these non-surgical procedures.  Our treatment methods depend upon how far the condition has progressed. You will only have to opt for surgery when the tissue around teeth is unhealthy and is beyond repair with non-surgical options. Before surgery, two of the primary procedures that are offered and performed by our doctors are root planing and subgingival scaling.


Subgingival Scaling

The procedure of periodontal scaling helps to remove the calculus from the tooth’s surface. This can occur from the exposed portion of the tooth deep into its root. This process is more aggressive as the doctor has to numb the affected part before cleaning the teeth. Once the plaque and calculus has been removed, the gums are then allowed to heal, usually completely adhering to the tooth’s surface.

Root Planing

Root planing is a tooth cleaning process which is required to clean the plaque deposits under the gum line of your teeth. The extent of the plaque deposits determines the depth of the procedure that will take place. Our Las Vegas periodontists can effectively take care of the cleaning procedure in office. The process should be done immediately as delaying it can make the issue even more severe.

Oral Hygiene

The single most important aspect of your teeth’s health is properly caring for your teeth. The combination of knowing how to and doing it daily can be the most effective way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.