The traditional treatment for periodontitis is the non-surgical, mechanical removal of plaque and calculus from the root, and the surgical removal of damaged/inflamed tissues. This may or may not include a course of oral antibiotics.
The root of the tooth is the part of the tooth under the gum which has no enamel covering it. Mechanical root planing removes the calculus caused by the infection but depending on the skill of the operator and number of treatments required, it can also remove a lot, or all, of the healthy tooth structure – the cementum layer. This leads to dentin hypersensitivity.
Root planing has traditionally been based on the understanding that plaque penetrates and infects the cementum. The removal of infected cementum was considered imperative in re- establishing healthy gums. However, recent studies report that cementum is not infected with endotoxins, and therefore removing the cementum is unnecessary in achieving periodontal therapy success.
Biological gum disease treatments aim to eliminate the infection whilst preserving valuable tooth structure. In conjunction with ultrasonic scaling of the tooth and root, we use proven-methods such as at-home mouth rinses and topical applications for the infected gums. However, if your disease is extremely advanced upon diagnosis and you prefer, we will refer you to a specialist periodontist.
Method to cure your gum disease, by Mark Bonner MD. Please protect your health by taking good care of your teeth and gums! Read more.