Gum Disease Therapy
Gum Disease Therapy For Periodontal Diseases
Do your gums bleed after flossing or brushing? Does it hurt when you bite into crunchy or hard foods? Do you notice the color of your gums turning darker? If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone.
Your teeth are invaluable! The time and effort you invest in them now to maintain them will reward you for a lifetime. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is not something to smile about.Thankfully, it is a treatable disease, particularly when detected at an early stage.
Plaque that coats your teeth is a clear, thin and sticky film that contains bacteria that produce toxins that cause gum inflammation. If this plaque is not removed on a daily basis by brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Tartar is a rough surface that harbors more destructive bacteria. It can only be removed by a professional teeth cleaning and not by brushing and flossing alone.
Gingivitis is essentially an inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease. At the onset, gingivitis can cause mild bleeding and swollen gums. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems like receding gums and a tooth loss condition.
Extreme cases of gum diseases have even been linked to serious medical conditions like diabetes, heart attack, preterm low-birth weight babies, and stroke. The severe form of gingivitis – when the bacteria reach deep below the gum line and attack the bone and tissues – is known as periodontitis. If you have already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, do not worry. There are many treatment options available to deal with your problem – including preventive and non-surgical solutions at Market Dental in downtown Toronto.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Before starting your gum disease therapy, you will undergo a dental examination, your Toronto dentist, Dr. Stephen Koczerginski, will assess your individual situation and determine the seriousness of your plaque build-up. Following the oral exam, one of our hygienists will gently clean your teeth using a minimally-invasive approach to get rid of as much of the plaque as possible. You will be advised to get your teeth cleaned more regularly, the frequency of which depends on the severity of your gum disease.
An instrument known as the scaler is used to scrape off the plaque deposits on the surface of your teeth. Our Market Dental hygienists utilize modern ultrasonic scalers that are not only more effective but do the same job faster. We adopt scaling techniques that are more innovative and less invasive to promote patient comfort.
While scaling involves removing the plaque and tartar from the gum line, root planing helps to smoothen out the rough bacteria-infested spots of the root itself. Both scaling and root planing are essential for the removal of plaque from your teeth that are responsible for the inflammation.
Such deep cleaning methods are usually sufficient enough to treat mild to moderate cases of gum disease while making sure that the inflammation does not occur again.
A course of antibiotics – including doxycycline, tetracycline and minocycline – may be recommended to curb or reduce bacterial build-up in the gums.
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Monday: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm