What is Soft Tissue Management?
It is an individualized plan to eliminate infection of the gums and root surfaces. Remember periodontal disease is an infectious and inflammatory disease that results from bacteria collecting on the tooth surface above and below the gum line which destroys gum tissues and bone.
Scaling and Root Planning
The procedure used is called Root Planing, which treats the diseased root surfaces BELOW the gumline. The treatment focuses on eliminating:
  • Tartar and plaque below the gum
  • Detoxifying the root surfaces where the disease occurs
  • Obtaining smooth roots
  • Flushing out the pockets allows for healthy reattachment of the gums to the root surfaces
  • The goal is to decrease the biological burden oxygenate an anaerobic environment in order to stimulate antigen/antibody interaction giving a global response destratify the local ecosystem to disrupt the biofilm by gross mechanical debridement of calculus stimulate stagnant capillary ends in order to decrease the toxin burden and improve the self cleansing. We are treating a multifactorial problem with a multifactorial treatment.
  • If you smoke, than stop. It will do more for your refractory periodontal disease than any other form of therapy.
The Goals of this Treatment
  • Gums that do not bleed. HEALTHY GUMS DO NOT BLEED!
  • Fresher breath and taste
  • Reattachment of gum tissue to tooth surface
  • Smooth tooth surface
  • Flush out bacteria in pockets
  • Gums that are not red, swollen or tender
  • Knowing how to effectively maintain good oral hygiene
  • Reduce pocket depths
  • Control periodontal disease
How you, the patient, can make this treatment successful
  • Completion of the therapy as prescribed
  • Thoroughly cleaning all tooth surfaces two times a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Maintenance of regular recare visits
  • We will offer thorough instructions on home care to insure the removal of bacteria on a daily basis. This includes proper use of the toothbrush, paste, mouth rinses, medications, floss threaders, and proxy brushes. Home care can effectively eliminate the plaque above the gums and down to 2 mm below the gums.
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