Treating gum disease doesn’t have to involve surgery. There are several non-surgical treatments for periodontal problems, including medications and a process called scaling and planing: Using special instruments, bacteria and infection are removed from the unhealthy deep pockets around the teeth below the gum line. This treatment can also be called a “deep cleaning.” Combining scaling and root planing with a strict home care routine and regular periodontal cleanings can greatly increase the chance of keeping your natural teeth. Doctors Corey and Then will work with you to determine which treatment option is best for you and your overall health.