Non-Surgical Options - Modesto, CA

Healthier Gums Without Surgery

Minimally Invasive Gum Treatments

Gum disease may start as simple inflammation and redness. Untreated, it can have very serious consequences. Left to reach the advanced periodontitis stage, gum disease becomes incurable. However, if we catch it at an early stage, you can save yourself from having to undergo complex surgical procedures or exacerbating systemic health complications. At Central Valley Periodontics & Implants we offer effective non-surgical treatments for gum disease to prevent it from becoming serious. Focused on deep cleaning, these minimally invasive treatments are helping patients beat gum disease in Modesto, CA every day.

As a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Clarke Filippi has distinguished himself among periodontists by achieving board certification. This honor is an acknowledgment from the leading authority in periodontology that Dr. Filippi has exceeded the minimum educational requirements of the field. Always expanding his expertise in the latest techniques and technologies through continuing education, he can treat you without resorting to surgery.

Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment

Still in the early stages of gum disease? You may be seeing pockets form between your teeth and gums, have bleeding from your gums, and also experiencing persistent bad breath. Dr. Filippi can determine that and provide two proven non-surgical options to clear your infection and give you a healthy smile once again.

Scaling and Root Planing
Dr. Filippi usually begins gum disease treatment with scaling and root planing. Scaling is a process during which he removes all plaque and signs of infection visible both above and below your gumline. Root planing extends the treatment process down to your tooth roots. Then the roots are smoothed out, eliminating any crevices where bacteria can hide and flourish. Once this process is complete your gums should be able to reattach to your teeth. You may also discover that you have fresher breath afterward.
Periodontal Maintenance
After surgical or non-surgical gum disease treatment, Dr. Filippi will recommend you have periodontal maintenance. This is a recurring treatment (every three to four months) that will allow Dr. Filippi to help your gums stay healthy. During these appointments you may have additional scaling and root planing as needed to eliminate any plaque that has built up since your previous visit and prevent you from developing gum disease again.

How To Properly Brush Your Teeth

When brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes concentrating on one area at at time. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel any discomfort.

When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Do not forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.

How To Floss

Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush (manual or electric) cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember it takes time and practice.

Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18″ long. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.

To clean the upper teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down about six times on the side of each tooth. Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section.

To clean between the bottom teeth, guide the floss using the forefinger of both hands. Do not forget the backside of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower. When you are done, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of flossing your gums bleed or are a little sore. If your gums hurt while flossing you could be cutting the gums or pinching the triangular gum tissue between your teeth.DO NOT “saw” the floss into the gums. As you floss daily and remove the plaque your gums will heal and the bleeding should stop.

Caring For Sensitive Teeth

Sometimes before or after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should not last long, but only if the mouth is kept clean. If the mouth is not kept clean the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, consult with your doctor. They may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.

Stop Gum Disease Before You Need Surgery!

Professional deep cleaning is key.

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