Treatments for non-surgical periodontal disease
When your teeth start to move and your gums recede, it’s time to let us work our magic!
Periodontitis or periodontal disease is an infectious disease that destroys the soft tissue around one or more teeth. Periodontitis is mainly caused by an accumulation of tartar and plaque under the gums.
The supporting tissue gradually detaches from the tooth and the space between the tooth and the gum deepens, which causes teeth to move and loosen (appearing longer). Periodontal disease is particularly hard to detect since it doesn’t hurt. If you don’t get regular check-ups, you often get diagnosed too late (when you come in for “loose teeth” or “receding gums”). And once your condition is stabilized, you’ll need thorough and regular treatment for the rest of your life. Periodontitis usually occurs in three phases: mild, moderate, and advanced.
First things first
The hygienist systematically performs a complete oral check-up to see how advanced the periodontitis is and make sure you don’t have other problems. Since periodontitis is often linked to other systemic diseases, we’ll be able to see determine whether your receding gums have an impact on your general health.
Treatment of non-surgical periodontal disease at the CHD
We treat periodontal disease in several stages:
- We perform an initial cleaning to reduce superficial swelling.
- We teach you how to properly clean your teeth and prevent plaque build-up. Tip: Brushing your teeth is unfortunately not enough!
- We probe or chart the periodontal pockets in your entire mouth. This gives us a roadmap of your mouth that shows the exact location of periodontal pockets so we can monitor any changes.
- We do a curettage under local anaesthesia to remove tartar from the roots of your teeth and the tissue in your periodontal pockets infected by bacteria.
Note: The number of sessions required varies for each case.
After this re-evaluation, several results are possible:
- Your periodontal disease has been stabilized and you enter a maintenance phase (more frequent dental hygiene sessions compared to a regular patient)
- The disease has been stabilized, but we must rebuild the bone and gum destroyed by the disease (this is where the periodontist comes in)
- Several active pockets remain and a localized treatment is necessary (this is where the periodontist comes in)
We’ll do a curettage as long as you follow the hygienist’s instructions at home (brushing technique, use of interdental brushes, etc.).
At the end of the session, we’ll also provide you with specific dental hygiene recommendations to prevent plaque and tartar deposits and maximize the efficacy of your periodontal treatment.
Periodontal disease is hard to detect since it doesn’t hurt. If you don’t get regular check-ups, it’s often too late when you’re diagnosed. Once your condition is stabilized, you’ll need thorough and regular treatment for the rest of your life.
Dresse Horn, Dentist – CHD Lausanne
Traitement on estimate
The price varies according to the number of curettage sessions you’ll need. You can pay by invoice and in instalments.