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Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in New Bern, NC

Getting your teeth cleaned every six months at McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates in New Bern, North Carolina, is one of the best ways to avoid or treat dental decay, gum disease, and complications associated with these oral health problems. Darryl Warren, DDS, PA, and his expert team offer non-surgical gum treatment and deep cleaning to reduce tartar, plaque, and harmful bacteria. Schedule your next dental cleaning by phone or online today.

Non-Surgical Gum Treatment Q & A

What is non-surgical gum treatment?

Non-surgical gum treatment at McCarthy Dental includes comprehensive deep cleaning that’s much more thorough than at-home brushing and flossing. McCarthy Dental hygienists are highly-trained using locally anesthetized scaling and root planing services, spot scaling, and gingivitis treatment to reverse gum disease and reduce tooth decay.


Is non-surgical gum treatment right for me?

Professional teeth cleaning and non-surgical gum treatment is more substantial than what you can accomplish with at-home care. Your hygienist removes built-up tartar in hard-to-reach areas between teeth and at or below your gum line. Signs you might benefit from non-surgical gum treatment at McCarthy Dental include:

  • Heavy plaque or tartar buildup
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Frequent tooth decay
  • Tooth or gum sensitivity

To find out which type of dental cleaning is right for you, your provider reviews your symptoms and oral health history, examines your gums and teeth, and takes dental X-rays.


What should I expect during non-surgical gum treatment?

During your appointment at McCarthy Dental, you relax in a comfortable reclining dental chair. Your dental hygienist can numb the treatment area to avoid any discomfort during the procedure. Your treatment and deep cleaning might include:

Scaling

During scaling, your provider uses specialized dental instruments to remove tartar and plaque above, at, and below your gum line. They might clean teeth down to the bottom of the gum pocket, where gum disease-causing bacteria can lurk.

Root planing

During root planing, your hygienist smooths your tooth roots, making it easier for the gums to reattach to teeth during the healing process. 

After treatment, you can resume a normal daily routine as there’s no downtime. You might require more than one deep cleaning to achieve optimal, long-lasting results.


How should I care for my teeth after non-surgical gum treatment?

After non-surgical gum treatment, you may experience tooth sensitivity or discomfort for a few days. Your gums might feel tender and swollen. The McCarthy Dental team may recommend taking oral medications or using a mouth rinse to help prevent infection. 

Get plenty of rest and take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your dentist. Attend follow-up visits so your provider can monitor healing and let you know if additional deep cleaning and non-surgical gum treatments are necessary.

Brush your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste and floss every day at home. Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables and low in sugar, avoid smoking, and schedule routine dental cleanings with McCarthy Dental every six months.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for non-surgical gum treatment, call the McCarthy Dental office today or, click on the online booking tab.