Gum disease is a serious problem and when left untreated, it can have serious side effects including bone loss, tooth loss and affects your overall body health. It is not uncommon for an adult patient to have gum disease and not know that they do. In fact, most people are unaware that they have gum disease until they are told by their dentist. Fortunately, non-surgical gum therapy can help many patients who have gum disease.
Gingivitis / Gum Disease
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis and this is the early form of it. When left untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. If you believe that you have gum disease, it is important that you speak with your dentist immediately to address the problem. When caught and treated early on, patients can maintain their current state of dental health.
Call Downtown Dental Centre today to discuss our non-surgical gum therapy to heal gum disease.
The Cause of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused when an infection forms due to plaque or tartar that extends beyond the gum line within your mouth. Plaque is them thin film that is left on your teeth after you eat or drink. This film will harden over time and become tartar, if it is not removed through routine brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings.
Symptoms of Gum DiseaseIt is important to know the symptoms of gum disease so that you can keep an eye out and identify any problem areas. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Gums that pull away from your teeth
- Loss of your teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Tender, swollen, and red gums
- A shift or change in the way your teeth fit
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
Treatment for Gum Disease
At Downtown Dental Centre, we offer non-surgical gum therapy options to treat and heal gum disease. Our non-surgical options are preferred by patients who do not want to undergo any type of surgical procedure to cure the condition.
The most common form of non-surgical therapy includes root planing and scaling. This is a procedure where the hygienist will remove all plaque and tartar that is present on your tooth’s roots.
Use of Medication
Medication is another option that is used when the infection requires a more aggressive treatment. When you need medication, our dentist will prescribe you an antibiotic designed to kill bacteria and stop gum disease in its tracks.
Lastly, laser therapy may be used to remove the tartar when scaling and planing is not quite enough. This process does not require any type of surgery and is completed right in our office.