Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. In its early stages periodontal disease can be treated with non-invasive procedures without putting you under and using a local anesthetic like Novocain.
The American Academy of Periodontology’s guidelines stress that periodontal health can be achieved through a non-invasive and the most cost-effective manner. Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limits. If it is not effective surgery may be necessary to restore periodontal health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planning is a procedure that involves the careful cleaning of the root surfaces of the mouth to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the root of the tooth to remove bacterial toxins.
Scaling and root planning is often followed by the local delivery of antimicrobial solution, as needed on a case-by-case basis.
Most periodontists would agree that after a scaling and root planning procedure, many patients do not require further active treatment outside of regular home care. The majority of patients will however require ongoing maintenance therapy and more regular visits.
Tray Delivery Systems
A tray delivery system is a custom-fit tray made from the impressions of the patient’s mouth. Patient’s use the tray at home as a delivery method for medication that have been prescribed by a dentist. Tray delivery systems are similar to fluoride trays used to prevent tooth decay.
However, the FDA clearance process did not determine that any specific medication delivered via tray delivery systems has been proven to be a safe or effective way to treat gum disease.
Numerous clinical studies have proven that medicine does not reach the source of periodontal infections. When determining the best course of treatment for your specific case, be sure to discuss the treatment for your specific case.