Non-Surgical Gum Therapy – Victoria BC Dentist
A dental professional such as our Victoria, BC dentists at Saanich Dental Group may recommend non-surgical gum therapy to treat moderate cases of gum disease. The treatments may involve curettage, root planing, and administering medication to the affected areas.
- Curettage involves removing the infected gum tissues around the tooth with the goal of allowing new tissues to heal over the area without being exposed to the disease.
- Root planing removes and smooths an amount of root surfaces to allow for healing. This is meant to reduce the chance of infection and further disease development.
- Medication allows a specific treatment to be administered to the infected areas to reduce the spread of infection.
As with any healthcare treatment, it is best to consult a professional such as our dentist in Victoria, BC. Your needs are unique so your treatment will likely differ from other people’s, even if they are in a similar situation.
This treatment may be administered in instances that a patient experiences certain types of gum disease. Gum disease is an oral infection that occurs within the gums over a period of time. The gradual nature of this disease means that it can often go undetected. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. This stage causes your gum tissues to become inflamed, sore, prone to bleeding. As it progresses further, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is where the infection begins to impact the underlying bone tissues that support your teeth. Deep pockets can form as the gums recede. As the tissues become weaker your teeth may loosen and eventually fall out. If you feel you are at risk of gum disease, or want more information, you should consult with a dental professional.
Because gum disease develops over a period of time, the treatments are typically spread over a period of time to allow for monitoring and alterations. However, if surgery is required, you may be referred to a gum specialist (periodontist) for your treatment.
At Saanich Dental Group, we will work with you to promote the maintenance of your oral health needs and ensure the longevity of your mouth’s health. Contact us today or book an appointment online to see if non-surgical gum therapy is right for you.