Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
If you don’t take proper care of your gums and teeth, you heighten your risk of developing gum disease. Believe it or not, gum disease is a very common dental problem and impacts nearly 7 out of every 10 Canadians, according to the Canadian Dental Association. This means that at least one of your family members will develop gum disease in their lifetime. And if left untreated, it can lead to more severe issues like periodontal disease, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, if detected early enough, gum disease can be reversed with proper oral hygiene. However, more extensive forms of treatment may be required if the infection becomes more serious.
At Yazdani Family Dentistry, we offer non-surgical gum therapy to treat your condition and get your gums back to being healthy once again — learn more about our services below.
How Does Gum Disease Form?
Gum disease is caused by an infection that forms when tartar develops on your teeth and under the gumline. Tartar is a hardened film that develops when plaque is left on your teeth after eating and drinking and not adequately brushed away. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss twice a day and to visit your dentist for regular cleanings.
Once gum disease starts to form you’ll begin to experience a number of symptoms such as:
• Tender, swollen, and red gums
• Bleeding gums
• Sensitive teeth
• Loose teeth
• Bad breath
How Do We Treat Gum Disease?
During your appointment, if we detect high levels of plaque and bacteria growing underneath the gum-line, we may recommend non-surgical gum therapy. Some of the common methods we use are root planing, curettage, and local medication — all safe and virtually pain-free options.
If your dentist recommends root planing, you’ll undergo a non-surgical removal of the tartar deposits from the roots. Curettage removes the infected soft tissue that lines the gum pocket. This allows for new healthy tissue to grow in its place. Your dentist may also recommend medication to be administered to prevent the spread of infection and kill bacteria.
Once your treatment is complete, our hygienists will provide you with all the oral hygiene tips you need to ensure that your gums stay healthy going forward. You may also be scheduled for a follow-up procedure so that we can continue to assess your condition and make sure that your gums are properly restored.
Gum disease is a serious problem if left untreated. It’s also not uncommon for patients to have gum disease and not know that they do. Most people are unaware until they’re told by their dentist. That’s why we offer non-surgical gum therapy to help our patients get the treatment they need.