Dr. Rina Kotecha offers non-surgical soft tissue management in Mississauga, ON.
Gum disease strikes approximately half of the population, but many dentists rely on invasive methods such as periodontal surgery to manage the condition. At Dentistry on 10 in Mississauga, ON, Dr. Rina Kotecha offers non-surgical soft tissue management options for patients with periodontal disease to comfortably and effectively restore their smiles to health. Our Soft Tissue Management program includes laser therapy and medications to treat gum disease non-surgically. The members of our professional team are trained and certified in the Soft Tissue Management program to improve the gum health of our patients.
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Non-surgical periodontal therapy options
Gum disease treatment does not always need to be painful and require long recovery times. At Dentistry on 10, general dentist Dr. Kotecha assesses each patient’s oral health in a comprehensive evaluation. In many cases, if gum disease is found, one or more non-surgical soft tissue treatment options can be used. The goal of all treatments is to minimize the number of harmful bacteria and amount of plaque on the teeth and beneath the gum line, which reduces inflammation and halts the periodontal disease in its tracks.
Laser therapy is used to remove dental plaque from the teeth and beneath the gum line (called scaling) and the surfaces of the roots are then resurfaced in a process called “root planing” to enable the gums to create a more effective seal with the teeth. This prevents pockets from forming where bacteria and plaque can easily grow and multiply.
Medications can also play an important role in non-surgical treatment of gum disease. Depending on your specific needs, the following types of medications may be recommended:
- An antimicrobial medication called chlorhexidine (common brand names include Peridex, PerioGard, and others) can control the plaque formation in your mouth as well as the growth of bacteria in periodontal pockets that have formed; it is often used in small doses that are placed into periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing, and is also available in a mouth rinse format
- Antibiotics such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline can also be used to reduce the symptoms of gum disease
Daily oral hygiene at home is also an important component of any periodontal disease management plan. Dr. Kotecha will work with you to ensure you know the proper toothbrushing technique, as well as how frequently to brush and floss for optimal oral health. With good home hygiene, you can keep gum disease at bay and prevent it from returning.
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