Non-Surgical Gum Therapy in Orangeville

Do you have swollen or sensitive gums? Or do your gums bleed whenever you brush? If so, you might have some form of gum disease.

Gum disease is a serious oral condition that affects many Canadians. It can start off innocently and progress to more serious stages. The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis which occurs when your gum tissues become inflamed and bleed easily when you brush or floss. The good news is that if gingivitis is treated early enough, it’s reversible.

However, if allowed to progress, gingivitis becomes periodontal disease, which is when your gums recede and your teeth become loose. This stage is much more serious and harder to treat since the infection starts to impact your underlying gum and bone tissues. During this stage, deep pockets will develop between teeth where bacteria can become trapped. As the gum and bone tissues continue to deteriorate, your teeth will loosen and fall out.

That's why early detection is key to successfully treating gum disease.

Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Tender gums.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Gum recession.
  • Chronic halitosis.
  • Tooth decay.

At Lord Dufferin Dental Centre, we recommend non-surgical gum therapy to treat gum disease in its earlier stages. This includes scaling, root planing and medication. Scaling scrapes away the harmful plaque and bacteria from above and below the gum line and root planing smoothes the rough spots on the root surface to remove any bacteria buildup.

These two non-surgical treatments are used to eliminate the toxins and plaque on your teeth and gums and allow your gum tissues to heal.

To ensure that your gums are healing properly, you will likely have to return to our office for additional checkups and treatments. Local anesthesia may be given to you to minimize any discomfort. In the event the gum disease can't be eradicated, we can refer you to a periodontist who can surgically treat your gums.

Contact or visit our office today to schedule an appointment. We are open 6 days a week, including Saturdays.