• Non-Surgical Treatment

  • What is nonsurgical treatment for periodontal disease?

    If your periodontal disease is not severe, Clifton Periodontics may utilize nonsurgical techniques to control your periodontal infection and heal in a less invasive - and less expensive - manner. Scaling with specially crafted devices used to remove the hard, stuck on plaque are commonly used to reduce the size of pockets that have formed between your gums and teeth. It can also help reduce bleeding that may occur when you brush, floss, or eat. Other treatments may include localized antibiotics like oral pills or topical gels.

    How does nonsurgical treatment work?

     There are two main nonsurgical methods - plaque removal and antibiotics. Plaque removal is crucial to reverse periodontal disease. IF the plaque is not removed, it will continue to build up resulting in tooth, gum, and bone loss. By leaving plaque on your teeth, surgical treatment may be inevitable. Luckily, there are non-invasive ways to remove plaque build up and reverse your periodontitis. Antibiotics may be included in your treatment to further help in recovery and reduction in plaque buildup. 

    Plaque removal

    Since your gums or teeth may be extra sensitive due to your periodontal infection, a local anesthesia may be applied to before removing the plaque. A small ultrasonically powered probe is used to thoroughly clean the roots of your teeth and pockets that have formed. The micro ultrasonic vibrations the instrument produces is coupled with a small concentrated stream of water to flush out the area. If you experience extra sensitivity, be sure to let us know! We can apply more topical anesthesia or utilize other numbing agents.


    If your infection is generalized, it might be best for you to take antibiotic pills to help reduce your periodontal infection. If it is more localized, then a gel consisting of antibiotics that is directly administered to your pockets might be a better choice. Be sure to follow our instructions after the gel is applied. You don’t want to wash away all the infection fighting medication!
    We may ask you to come back sooner than the usual six months to check on the treatment and catch any advancement of your periodontitis.

    Nonsurgical treatment of periodontal disease has made great strides over the years. With our top of the line technology at Clifton Periodontics, we have helped many patients from Clifton, Paterson, Montclair, Passaic, Little Falls, Totowa and the surrounding areas reverse their periodontitis and restore their oral health. These procedures take less time than surgical treatments and are much less invasive. Depending on the state of your oral health, simple nonsurgical treatment may be all you need to take care of your periodontitis.

    How do I know if I need nonsurgical treatment

    Visiting a dentist is the best way to know if nonsurgical treatment will be sufficient in reversing your periodontitis. Since periodontal disease is frequently painless, you may think your oral health is up to pare and have no idea that plaque is building up on your teeth. Your back teeth are especially susceptible since they are harder to clean and less visible to you and others on a daily basis.

    With our office conveniently located in Clifton, NJ, you can easily stop by for periodontal treatment and then continue with your busy day. Nonsurgical treatment will not debilitate you or interrupt with your daily routine. Give us a call at (973) 471-5600 to take care of your periodontal needs!