Non-Surgical Gum Therapy in Victoria BC
The most common oral problem that patients suffer from is gum disease. Gum disease is an oral infection of the gums and happens gradually. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which is when your gum tissues become inflamed, sore, and bleed when flossing. As it progresses, gingivitis develops into periodontal disease. This stage is much more serious, and the infection starts to impact your underlying bone tissues that support your teeth. Deep pockets will begin to form as the gums begin to recede. As the bones become weaker, your teeth will loosen and eventually fall out.
Saanich Dental Group recommends non-surgical gum therapy to treat moderate cases of gum disease. This involves curettage, root planning and the administration of medication to the affected areas. Curettage involves removing the infected gum tissues around the tooth to allow new tissues to grow and heal. Root planing removes and smooths tiny amounts of root surfaces to allow for healing. Medication may also be administered to the infected areas to stop the spread of the infection. These methods are usually done together and performed by one of our well-trained hygienists at Saanich Dental Group.
Because gum disease takes time to develop, the treatments are usually spread out over a period of time to maximize effectiveness. Your condition will be continually monitored and re-assessed. If surgery is required, a gum specialist (periodontist) may be referred.