Non-Surgical Gum Treatment in Alpharetta, GA
After a periodontal scaling and root planing procedure, pockets of infection may nonetheless remain. These pockets of infection can be successfully treated via non-surgical gum treatment at Old Alabama Dental Care for residents of Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Duluth and North Atlanta, Georgia.
Even after having tartar removed from below the gum line, pockets of infection can remain and continue to become inflamed. When the gums do not return to normal after a periodontal scaling and root planing procedure, additional damage can occur to the teeth and gums. In some cases, non-surgical gum treatment can be used to help reduce the inflammation
, thereby eliminating or improving periodontal disease altogether.
Why is non-surgical gum treatment needed?
When periodontal disease sets in, deep pockets open up around the teeth, thereby allowing bacteria and plaque to enter. Unless these pockets are closed, matter will continue to get inside them and cause damage to the roots of the teeth. Most of the time, pockets deeper than 4 mm do not close on their own, which means additional treatment is necessary.
What is non-surgical gum treatment?
A device known as an Ultraspeed Co2
laser is used to eliminate infection inside the pocket. This allows the gums to shrink into their normal position and prevents bacteria from reentering the area
. The laser beam also decontaminates the root surfaces of the tooth.Dr. Taylor may sometimes administer an antibiotic treatment via syringe to help close infected pockets. This medication provides almost immediate results and can be ideal for patients who have very deep pockets of infection.
When is non-surgical gum treatment performed?
The timing of the treatment depends on the severity of disease. In some patients, it may be used in conjunction with a scaling and root planing procedure. In other cases, treatment might be performed approximately 10 days after having this cleaning. Some patients will require multiple treatment sessions for their gums to completely return to normal.
Is non-surgical gum treatment covered by dental insurance?
In most cases, non-surgical gum treatment is covered as a part of periodontal care. The exact amount covered can depend on the type of plan. Patients are advised to contact their insurance provider for more information.
Are the procedures painful?
No, non-surgical gum treatments are not painful
and usually cause no discomfort in patients who have them performed.
What treatments can be performed at home?
In addition to laser treatment, patients may be given a special oral rinse or toothpaste to use at home. Patients are sometimes given a gel-like substance to use on the teeth as well. This product is placed into plastic trays and then left on the teeth for a few minutes. When used in conjunction with other non-surgical gum treatments, these products can be very effective at reducing or eliminating periodontal disease
.Severe periodontal disease requires aggressive treatment to prevent further damage to the teeth. Fortunately, plenty of safe and effective treatments are available.Patients in Alpharetta, Roswell, John’s Creek, Duluth, and North Atlanta, Georgia who are concerned about the effects of periodontal disease may be able to benefit from non-surgical gum treatment. To find out more, those in one of these areas can call Old Alabama Dental Care at