Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
Sometimes, despite your best efforts when it comes to oral hygiene, you may need gum therapy to help prevent or control gum disease.
The hygiene team at Fairview Dentistry will help you with your at-home skills so that you can maintain an optimum level of oral health between visits.
However, gum disease may still occur, in which case you will require some form of gum therapy to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The good news is that gum disease can be quite painless, due to its slow progression.
There are a variety of symptoms you may experience if you have or are developing gum disease. They include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Sore gums
- Red-purple coloured gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Gum infection
After a thorough periodontal screening and examination, we may choose more aggressive therapies to help eliminate or reduce the amounts of bacterial poisons and plaque accumulating below the gum line.
Generally, cleaning and polishing of teeth is above the gum line. More aggressive therapy can involve curettage and root-planning and/or treatment with site-specific administration of medications to the affected gums.
Curettage is the removal of the soft tissue lining around the tooth that is chronically irritated by bacteria deep below the visible gum-line. Removal improves the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.
Root-planning is the removal and smoothing of micro-amounts of a tooth’s root surface so that a clean and uninfected surface is restored.
Our trained hygienists at Fairview Dentistry typically perform these procedures simultaneously. A local anaesthesia may be required.
How long does treatment take?
Just as gum disease does not happen over night, treatment is generally spread out over time to ensure the effectiveness of one procedure before the next takes place. Generally, your condition is reassessed periodically and joint decisions are made before moving forward.
Surgical Gum Therapy
The services of a specialist (i.e., a periodontist) may be required should surgical intervention be required. Often surgery allows for complete healing of the gum and bone, reduced mobility of teeth and a greatly improved prognosis.
If you have bleeding gums, sore gums, receding gums, swollen gums, or a gum infection, please contact us today for an evaluation.
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