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Treatment Methods

North Suburban Periodontics always tries to use the most conservative approach possible before proceeding with surgical techniques. Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy.

Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. The first step is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line. The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.

Sometimes antibiotics are used in addition to scaling and planing. Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. McClenahan may place antibiotic gels in the periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.

While we believe in a conservative approach, when deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for us to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. From experience, we know that patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to eliminate harmful bacteria and restore periodontal health.