Periodontist (Gum Specialists) agree, the initial method of treating gum disease is through scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), which is a non-surgical approach, where plaque and tartar are removed from the root in deep pockets around the teeth to reduce future tartar buildup.  Many times this is followed by additional treatment such as application of antimicrobial medication.

A majority of the time after scaling and root planing patients do not require any additional active treatment, which would include Surgery.  However, many of the patients will need more frequent cleanings to prevent additional gum problems.  In some cases, patients with more advanced periodontal disease may need to be referred to a specialist for additional treatment, including surgery.


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