If you have the early stage of gum disease, you are the best candidate for a Soft Tissue Management program. You may also be a candidate if you have refused to go to a gum specialist for treatment (though in this case, your results may vary).
Soft Tissue Management is an attempt to manage your gum disease without surgery. The key is that it requires a partnership between you and your dentist to put a lid on your gum disease problem.
This program requires a commitment on your part. Your visits will be scheduled every 3 to 4 months. (This is very important because the bacteria that worsen your gum disease build up to damaging levels every 3 to 4 months—so missing or delaying your appointment halts all progress that you’ve made.)
During your visits to the dental office, your dentist or hygienist will remove as much plaque and tartar as they can. In some cases, antimicrobial medications may be applied to help control the bacteria.
In between visits to the dental office, you can do your part by carefully and diligently brushing and flossing your teeth and by following any special instructions recommended for your situation. For example, you may be asked to purchase a water irrigator, such as a Water PIk to help flush out the areas where bacteria thrive.
Patients who faithfully stick to the soft tissue management program can often control their gum disease without the need for surgery. By working as a team, you can prevail against periodontal disease in the most comfortable, least invasive manner possible.
You can learn more about periodontal (gum) disease in the patient education section of www.drjrobb.com!
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist located at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH. Please call 440-960-1940 if you would like to see if you are a candidate for non-surgical soft tissue management for your gum disease situation. www.drjrobb , www.facebook.com/DrJenniferRobb