With advances in dental healthcare technology, hygienists no longer have to watch periodontal disease progress and wait until surgical intervention alone is required to regain health. Now, a stable long-term periodontal condition can be achieved through conservative treatment. Objectives of conservative periodontal treatment include altering or eliminating microbial aetiology and the contributing factors for periodontal disease, halting disease progression and returning the dentition to a state of health and comfort, obtaining host healing, and achieving gains in clinical attachment levels. New approaches to treatment, such as the recent advances in the use of site-specific, local antibiotics and host modulation by enzyme suppression, have become available. Periodontal disease can be successfully managed nonsurgically, with simpler and more effective hygiene aids, and through conservative procedures such as scaling and root planing.
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On completion of this module you will understand the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, be able to discuss conservative treatment options and be able to educate the patient to improve treatment acceptance.