Practicing good oral hygiene at home, in combination with regular visits to the dentist, can help you avoid gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Canadian adults. However, most cases of gum disease are actually preventable. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, results from a bacterial infection in your gums. It affects the gum tissue surrounding your teeth.
What are symptoms of gum disease?
While gum disease might not show any symptoms in early stages, there might be other symptoms including:
- bleeding gums
- sore gums
- swollen gums
- receding gums
- purple-red gums
How do we help your gum disease?
We use soft tissue management to help you prevent issues and maintain oral health. During your routine check-up your dental hygienist will check for signs of gym disease. Our team will then develop a personalized treatment plan based on your current status.
We recommend frequent hygiene appointments, deep cleaning, and specialized home care routines, as treatment for gum disease.
What is a gum graft?
A gum graft is a surgical procedure that thickens gums and may be necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession. Also, you may choose to have gum graft to improve the appearance of your smile.
How long is the procedure?
Depending on your level of gum recession it can take anywhere from 1-2 hours.
Will I experience any discomfort during the procedure?
During the procedure you will be completely frozen. Afterwards, you may receive over-the-counter pain medication.
How long is the healing process?
While it may take a few weeks for your mouth to fully heal, you should be able to return to normal activities the day after surgery. Your dentist will give specific instructions regarding postoperative care which are very important that you follow.
Royal York Dental located on Toronto on Bloor St. W offers a broad range of dentistry services for children, adults, and seniors.
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