Non-Surgical Procedures

Dr. Moe is conservative is his approach to treating gum diseases. His first option is always to explore non-surgical procedures that are less invasive and most cost-effective. This includes but is not limited to Scaling and Root Planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by local delivery of antibiotics as needed on a case-by-case basis.

Most periodontists would agree that after Scaling and Root Planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy. However, all patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.