If you've been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the severity of the problem. Dr. Freundlich has utilized Soft Tissue Management since the 1980's to conservatively treat most periodontal disease without surgery. We prefer to start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical. However, in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
The first defense against infected gums is a type of deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device and specialized hand instruments are used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth where regular cleaning devices can't reach: under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you need. However, as with any dental procedure, after-care is vital. In order to keep your teeth in good shape and resist future occurrences of gum disease, you must brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, avoid tobacco use, and have regular dental checkups, usually every three to four months.