Some people think periodontal therapy in a periodontist’s office always means surgical treatment. The fact is, in its earlier stages, periodontal disease responds quite favorably to nonsurgical periodontal therapy. Only in its more advanced stages of destruction is surgical intervention necessary. In fact, surgery is reserved for those situations when nonsurgical therapies have failed to achieve the desired clinical outcome of periodontal health and to repair damage to gum tissue and bone as a result of periodontal disease. Because of the years of additional training in the diagnosis and management of periodontal disease, our doctors have specialized capabilities to perform an accurate risk assessment and develop an appropriate plan for management of your periodontal condition. Our doctors follow the American Academy of Periodontology treatment guidelines which stress that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner.
The primary cause of periodontal diseases is the body’s inflammatory response to bacterial plaque. The purpose of nonsurgical periodontal therapy is to remove or eliminate the etiologic agents which cause inflammation: dental plaque, its toxins, and hardened dental plaque referred to as calculus or tartar.