Posts tagged: gum surgery

Which Would You Prefer: Pain-free Periowave Or Painful Gum Surgery?

It is hard to imagine that any patient would prefer to have their gums flapped open, bone recontoured, tissue grafted from their upper palette and gums stitched back up again.  In fact, if faced with this option, I would pay a hefty premium to avoid this ordeal.  A 1994 NHANES study discovered that almost 3/4 of patients who were diagnosed with gum disease did not seek treatment due to fear of pain, cost and embarrassment.  Fortunately, Photodisinfection is a completely pain-free procedure that is significantly cheaper than gum surgery and with better outcomes for the patient.  Finally, there is a minimally invasive and non-antibiotic way to arrest gum disease.  With the indisputable links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, pre-term births etc., there is no longer a good reason to put off getting back to healthy gums. To find a dentist offering Periowave nearest you, please click here: Find A Dental Professional

Scaling and Root Planing Isn’t Always Enough to Treat Gum Disease

SRP is not always 100% effective. Calculus and bacteria can be left behind.

Dental scaling and root planing, known as SRP, is often used when a straightforward cleaning isn’t enough, and is sometimes called deep cleaning. This nonsurgical procedure aims to remove the plaque and calculus or tartar which has built up around and just under the gum line by scaling or scraping the teeth. The process can help leave nice smooth surfaces enabling the gum tissue to attach more firmly to the surface of the tooth, and is one of the most common therapies used to treat gum disease1.

While SRP is often regarded as being the gold standard in the treatment of gum disease, it isn’t always 100% effective. Part of the problem is due to the fact that the clinician cannot generally see the calculus below the gum line, and must rely on their sense of touch to scrape away the calculus. This lack of visual feedback heightens the chance some small areas of calculus being inadequately removed. When gum disease is left improperly treated, the patient can experience tissue inflammation, gum recession, and even bone loss. Not only can this put the patient’s overall health at risk, but it can also allow the gum disease to worsen to a point where it requires additional treatments. Read more »

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