Non-surgical Procedures

Our practice provides a variety of periodontal therapies. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very comprehensive and thorough in our treatment recommendations and would be happy to discuss various treatment options.

Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy. Even in severe cases, non-surgical periodontal therapy often precedes surgical therapy. This is done to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery.

Bite Adjustment

A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not damaged by normal daily usage.

It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore normal function. No anaesthetic is necessary for bite adjustment appointments.

The therapy may include:

  • Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
  • Bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart, day and/or night.
  • Braces to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
  • Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
  • Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.

Re-examination

An appointment is arranged for your periodontist to re-evaluate your periodontal health. Any changes in pocket depths and mobility patterns from the initial examination are noted. If necessary, home care techniques will be reviewed and any difficulties you may be having will be addressed. It is at this point the need for further periodontal treatment would be discussed.

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