Dr. Britt believes periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy as needed on a case-by-case basis.
If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal (gum) disease, regularly scheduled supportive gum therapy is vitally important to the success in management of gum disease progression. Continuous maintenance is absolutely necessary to prevent periodontal infection from becoming active once again and destroying what healing has occurred.
The following treatment is included in your periodontal maintenance appointment:
- Evaluation of oral health to detect subtle signs of disease recurrence
- Appropriate debridement of teeth and gums (professional cleaning and polishing)
- Antimicrobial therapy to destroy difficult to reach bacteria as deemed necessary by the doctor
- Evaluation of homecare regimes and aids
- Oral health evaluation including oral cancer screening, necessary dental films and decay detection
- Recommendations based on individual needs as a result of medical and dental histories review
Scientific studies show the most important aspect of periodontal treatment is long-term gum therapy. Individuals vary in their response to periodontal disease and resistance to the disease varies at different times of life. When periodontal disease recurs following a treatment plan, it may do so without signs or symptoms to the patient. Dr. Britt and her team of licensed hygienist are trained in recognizing the very subtle signs that may signal detrimental changes.
In some cases of periodontal (gum) disease, the use of antibiotic therapy may be necessary as an adjunct to non-surgical therapy. Various antibiotics can be prescribed to be placed in the areas surrounding the teeth where infection remains following treatment or where the immune system did not respond with the desired result. These therapies promote further healing and aid in controlling an incurable disease better.
This treatment may be able to help achieve greater healing and better maintenance over time. Ask Dr. Britt and her team of licensed hygienists to explain whether you might be a candidate for this additional treatment.