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Modern treatment of gum disease (Minimally Invasive Non Surgical Therapy- MINST)

Gum disease is one of the most common reasons adults lose their teeth (see more information on our periodontal pages of the website). Many people will have seen a dental hygienist to help clean bacteria from under gums but sometimes this doesnt work.

At Newcastle Advanced Dentistry, we provide MINST, which stands for Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Therapy which is a modern approach to the treatment of periodontal disease. It is designed to manage and treat periodontal infections with minimal discomfort and invasiveness compared to traditional surgical methods.

Stages of gum disease

How MINST Works

  1. Assessment and Diagnosis:

  • Initial comprehensive examination and diagnosis using advanced imaging technologies, such as digital radiographs and 3D imaging, to assess the extent of periodontal disease and defects around the teeth.

  1. Minimally Invasive Techniques:

  • Non surgical management of soft tissues: A thorough cleaning process to remove plaque (bacteria) from below the gumline. This is often done using ultrasonic instruments that are less invasive and cause less discomfort.

  • Single visit disinfection: All the periodontal defects below gum level are cleaned in a single visit

  • Focussed cleaning: We will work with you to reduce future plaque buildups.

  • Healing review Careful followup to ensure healing of periodontal pockets that doesn't damage healing periodontal pockets

Benefits of MINST in Treating Periodontal Disease

  1. Reduced Discomfort and Pain:

  • MINST techniques are less invasive than traditional surgical methods, leading to less pain and discomfort during and after treatment.

  1. Faster Recovery:

  • Patients typically experience quicker recovery times due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedures.

  1. Preservation of Tissue:

  • By avoiding extensive surgery, MINST helps preserve more of the natural gum and bone tissue.

  1. Lower Risk of Complications:

  • Minimally invasive procedures reduce the risk of complications such as infection and excessive bleeding.

  1. Improved Patient Compliance:

  • The less invasive nature and quicker recovery often lead to better patient compliance with treatment plans and follow-up care.

  1. Effectiveness:

  • Studies have shown that MINST can be highly effective in managing periodontal disease, reducing pocket depths, and improving overall gum health.


MINST represents a significant advancement in periodontal therapy, focusing on reducing patient discomfort and improving outcomes through the use of modern, minimally invasive techniques. By effectively managing periodontal disease with these methods, patients can achieve better oral health with less disruption to their daily lives.

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