Soft Tissue Management in Burlington
Preventative Soft Tissue Management
Many Canadian adults suffer from gum disease. It’s very common, but the good news is that it is treatable. When you visit Alton Dental, this is one of the first evaluations they will do with you. A periodontal pocket is an area where inflammation and/or infection is present. Later stages of the disease involve bone loss.
Periodontal infection can lead to bad breath, bad smell/taste, bleeding, tender gums, and eventually tooth loss. It is also been linked to heart attacks, strokes, diabetic complications and low birth weight in babies.
Our Soft Tissue Management Program
Our Soft Tissue Management (STM) program consists of periodontal debridement with a piezo scaler: a laser like instrument and / or ultrasonic scaler which is quick and painless. Scaling and root planing with hand instruments will be meticulously carried out along with an in office irrigation treatment with the warmed medicaments: chlorhexidine and fluoride; which are known to aid in the healing process.
Included in this STM program is the finest motorized toothbrush in the industry: ROTADENT. This toothbrush is only dispensed by a dental office and carries a lifetime guarantee. We will show you how to use it along with customized instruction of other oral hygiene aids. We will provide you with â€œPerioplusâ€:(a prescription mouth rinse that prevents decay, inhibits plaque and desensitizes the teeth) or â€œOro Minâ€ (a remineralizing solution with fluoride to take)
The goal of our Soft Tissue management treatment program is to resolve the signs of inflammation, reduce pocket depths and detectable plaque to a level associated with periodontal health. Ideally we can halt the progression of the periodontal disease.
We always start with a conservative, non-surgical periodontal therapy program, but you should be aware that referral to a periodontist may be necessary to evaluate the need for periodontal surgery. By undergoing the STM program our hope is you will avoid or limit the need for periodontal surgery.
Depending on the type of periodontal disease present the STM program consists of 2 to 4 visits. The details of each appointment will be explained at the time of diagnosis and treatment plan. Our staff will provide written materials as well as detailed take home pamphlet to educate and inform all patients.
Payment can be spread over the course of appointments. Ex: If the STM consists of 3 appointments; then 3 equal payments can be made at each visit. There is NO insurance benefit from any HMO dental plan. If you have PPO or indemnity insurance we will estimate any benefit you may have and subtract it from the total STM fee. We will bill your insurance as a courtesy to you. Please note this is only an estimate and you are ultimately responsible for the entire amount; should the actual reimbursement be less than this estimate.
Our professional efforts will not work alone. We need your commitment to ensure the success of this program. You must keep the above listed appointments; use your Rotadent and floss at home every day to remove plaque and bacteria. It will also be necessary for you to come in for periodontal maintenance 3 to 4 times each year with our hygienists. Failure to continue this maintenance program will allow the condition to recur or even worsen. We cannot cure your disease; we can only help you maintain your periodontal condition in a state of health.