Non-Surgical Gum Therapy in Halifax, NS

Besides decay, another common oral health affliction impacting Canadians is gum disease. Gum disease usually begins with little to no symptoms so it can be difficult to notice at first. During the early stages - also known as gingivitis - your gum tissues will become inflamed and even bleed while flossing. Halitosis is another sign that you may have gum disease. During the gingivitis stage, your infection can be stopped and even reversed with proper oral hygiene. This includes proper brushing and flossing to eliminate the plaque buildup that has been irritating your gum tissues.

As the infection progresses, gingivitis turns into periodontal disease, which impacts the underlying tissues that support your teeth. Your tissues will begin to recede and pockets will form where food debris can become trapped. As the tissue continues to break down, your teeth will loosen and fall out.

To prevent the gum disease from becoming worse, your dentist may recommend non-surgical gum therapy as a way to stop the infection and allow your gum tissues to properly heal. Non-surgical gum therapy is recommended for gum disease that is moderate to severe, which involves using a number of more aggressive procedures to eradicate the plaque buildup below the gum-line.

Non-surgical gum therapy uses a number of aggressive procedures which include local medication, curettage, and root-planing.

Local medication is administered to slow down the infection and stop it from spreading to nearby areas of your mouth.

Curettage removes the surrounding infected soft tissue around a tooth so that new healthy tissue can grow in its place.

Root-planing eliminates and smoothes the root surface so that that root surface will be smooth and clean.

Your hygienist will often perform these procedures at the same time. To allow us to monitor your condition and ensure that your gum tissue is healing properly, follow up sessions will usually be required. The number of gum therapy sessions will depend on the severity of your gum infection.

Dr. Daniel Tam and his team will work with you to ensure that your smile is healthy. Contact our practice in Halifax to speak with us today. We offer direct billing and parking at Metro Park around the corner from our office.