Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Dr. Rathke agrees with the American Association of Periodontology guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved
in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often
accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment.
Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations. When it
does not achieve periodontal health, surgical procedures, such as laser treatments, gum and bone grafting, and surgical pocket reduction, may be indicated to
restore periodontal health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is 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. Scaling and root
planing is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery
antimicrobials and host modulation, 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. However, the
majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain