Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

“The mouth is the barometer of the whole body.”
Sir William Osler, 19th Century Physician and Researcher

“Severe periodontal disease is equvalent to a wound of about 8 square inches on your skin!!!!!”
Denise Grady, American Academy of Periodontology, Chicago, New York Times News February 1998

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease

  • Periodontal disease is an infection between your teeth and gums.
  • By-products of bacterial infections cause bone loss; therefore, loosening of the teeth and tooth loss.
  • Periodontal disease is a long-term degenerative disease that must be controlled.
  • The treatment of choice is no longer surgery. Anti-infective therapy is usually successful without gum surgery.
  • Microbiological tests and anti-infective therapies are used in the treatment of gum infection in the same way your physician would culture and treat an infected wound.
  • Treatment takes into account both local factors and systemic risk factors treating causes, not just effects.
  • There are steps you can take at home to combat bacterial growth under your gums, such as using irrigating devices with anti-infective solutions.
  • Toothbrushes, dental floss and mouthwash are designed to clean your teeth, NOT to effectively treat destructive bacterial infections under your gums.
  • Using hand and ultrasonic instruments, our hygienists meticulously clean the teeth, gums and root surfaces in combination with anti-infective irrigants.


The method is a combination of treatments, including a non-invasive chemical debriding therapy used in conjunction with traditional mechanical debriding procedures. The chemical therapy involves a tray delivery of doctor-prescribed solutions to chemically debride biofilm from the periodontal pocket and alter the pocket’s microbiological environment to disrupt biofilm growth.

The phase contrast microscope enables us to see, in a living state, many of the bacteria that are present with gum disease. Patients can see bacterial activity and monitor progress.

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