Non-Surgical Gum Therapy in St. Albert | McKenney Corner Dental Care
Do your gums bleed when flossing?
Does your breath smell even though you brush your teeth?
If so, you may have some form of gum disease. Gum disease comes and two main stages which include gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis' symptoms include inflamed or bleeding gums and chronic bad breath. Fortunately, gingivitis can be stopped and even reversed with proper brushing and flossing.
As gingivitis progresses, it develops into periodontal disease which causes your gum and bone tissues to break down. Pockets will begin to form between your teeth where food debris and bacteria can become trapped leading to further deterioration. Eventually, tissues will become so deteriorated that your teeth will become loose and fall out.
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, we may recommend non-surgical gum therapy to eliminate the chronic source of infection. Because gum disease progresses slowly and takes time to heal, treatment sessions will often be spread out over multiple appointments to allow us to monitor your progress and ensure that your gums and teeth are healing properly. Non-surgical gum therapy uses a variety of techniques such as curettage, root-planing, and local medication.
Curettage removes the infected soft tissues that surround a tooth so they have an opportunity to heal. By eliminating the bacteria below the gumline, it allows new healthy tissues to grow.
Root-planing is the process of removing and smoothing small amounts of the root surfaces so that it will the root surface will be clean and allowed to heal.
To stop the spread of the infection, we may inject local medication into the infected sites.
These techniques are usually performed during the same procedure to maximize your chances of a successful recovery. If they are not enough to effectively stop the gum infection, we may recommend you to a periodontist, who is a dentist that specializes in the surgical treatment of gum disease. If you are looking to treat your gum disease, contact Mckenney Corner Dental Center in St. Albert to set up an appointment today.