Non-surgical gum therapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Besides decay, another common oral health issue affecting Canadians is gum disease. Gum disease usually begins with minimal symptoms so it can be difficult to notice in its early stages. During these early stages, also known as gingivitis, your gum tissue will become inflamed and may even bleed while flossing. Halitosis, which is a characteristic bad breath, is another sign of gum disease. During the gingivitis stage, your infection can be stopped and even treated with proper oral hygiene. This includes proper brushing and flossing to eliminate plaque buildup that may be irritating your gum tissues.

However, if left untreated, the infection can progress into later stages and become periodontal disease. Periodontal disease impacts the underlying tissues that support your teeth. Once periodontal disease begins, your tissues will begin to recede and form pockets where food and debris can become trapped. As these tissues continue to break down, your tooth’s structure will loosen and may eventually fall out.

To prevent the gum disease from developing further, your Halifax 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 at a moderate or severe stage and involves using more aggressive procedures to eradicate the plaque buildup below the gum-line.

Non surgical gum therapy uses procedures such as local medication, curettage, and root planing to help treat your teeth. Local medication is administered to slow down the infection and stop it from spreading to nearby areas of your mouth. While it works to a similar goal, curettage removes the surrounding infected soft tissue to prevent it from spreading and allowing healthy tissue to grow in its place. Root planing smoothes the root surface to help treat infectious buildup.

Your hygienist in will often perform these procedures at the same time. We will typically require follow-up sessions to monitor your condition and ensure that your gum tissue is healing properly. The number of gum therapy sessions that our dentist in Halifax will require will depend on the severity of your gum infection.

Our team will work with you to protect the health of your mouth. Contact our office to speak with us today. We offer direct billing and nearby parking.
Last Updated On 2019-12-09