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What Can I Expect When You Treat My Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is an infection of gum tissue and the main support systems of your teeth. If the foundation for your teeth is compromised, they are in jeopardy.

There are two different types of periodontal disease to be aware of: gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, and periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease. Here's what you can expect when you need periodontal treatment in Toronto, ON.

Gingivitis

In the early stage of gum disease, you may notice that your gums appear red or swollen, that they bleed when you brush your teeth, or that you struggle with chronic bad breath that won't go away.

When it's detected early on, gingivitis can often be treated with improvements to your home care routine and a thorough professional cleaning with your dental hygienist. For some patients, this is even enough to reverse their condition.

Periodontitis

If you are suffering from periodontitis your teeth may begin to feel mobile, and you may notice your gums starting to recede. Severe cases of advanced gum disease will eventually result in tooth loss.

Periodontitis requires a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing that can eliminate the bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup that occurs below the gum line. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotic therapy to combat the infection.

Surgery may be recommended for severe cases of periodontitis. During surgery, healthy tissue is attached to your own tissue to help rebuild the foundation for your teeth.

Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental

The good news is that no matter what stage of gum disease you may be facing, Dr. Joo and his team are well equipped to guide you through the process and get you back on the path to wellness. We can even perform comfortable gum grafting surgeries here in our Toronto, ON office. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help restore your oral health.