Gum disease is a serious chronic infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, our dentist in Thousand Oaks will create a treatment plan to restore your gums to health. Non-surgical treatments are generally recommended before surgical treatments whenever possible.
Scaling and root planing is one of the most common periodontal treatments. This procedure is basically a deep cleaning for your teeth. We use special tools to clean tartar, plaque and other debris from your periodontal pockets and teeth. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed to encourage the tissues to reattach. This can remove bacterial toxins and make it easier for you to clean your teeth at home.
You may also benefit from topical antimicrobials or antibiotics, which are used to kill remaining bacteria. After the scaling and root planing, most patients will need follow-up exams to ensure that your gums are healing. Some may need ongoing therapies to keep bacteria under control and promote health and healing.
Treating periodontal disease at its earliest stages can ensure more positive outcomes. The right treatment can prevent further damage and reduce the risk of tooth or bone loss. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our expert in non surgical gum therapy in Thousand Oaks.