Non-Surgical Gum Therapy in Thornhill & Richmond Hill, ON
Do your gums bleed when you floss? If so, there's a good chance that you may have gum disease. Gum disease is one of the most common oral problems that Canadians suffer from. And like most oral problems, gum disease can start off slowly and gradually so you may not notice it.
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis which causes your gum tissue to become inflamed and bleed. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible and with proper oral care, it can be stopped and improved. However, if gingivitis is allowed to develop, it turns into a periodontal disease which is much more serious. Periodontal disease impacts the underlying tissues of your mouth and its symptoms include receding gums, deep pocket formation, and loose teeth.
We recommend non-surgical gum therapy for treating moderate cases of gum disease. This therapy aims to eliminate or at least reduce the harmful infection and plaque that have accumulated below the gum line. This involves using a variety of techniques including curettage, root planing, and the administration of medication.
Curettage removes the soft tissues surrounding the tooth to allow the chronically infected and inflamed tissues to heal. Root planing removes and smooths tiny amounts of the root surface so that new and clean tissues can grow. Local medication may also be given to the infected sites to prevent the infection from spreading. These methods are often done at the same time by one of our skilled and trained hygienists at TS Dental.
Because gum disease happens over a period of time, we recommend spreading out your treatment sessions to increase the chances of success. If required, we may recommend a periodontist should a surgical intervention be needed. A periodontist specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease.
If you're looking for a dental practice with the skills, experience, and gentle touch, contact us at TS Dental in Thornhill or Richmond Hill to set up an appointment today.