Many patients who have stayed away for a while have some catching up to do, especially when it comes to the health of their gums.
Gum disease occurs in several stages. The first stage, called gingivitis, can be reversible with proper cleaning and improved home care. At this early stage, some of the most common symptoms might include bleeding, bad breath, and tender and swollen gums.
Once gum disease progresses, the condition worsens and becomes more serious. This later stage of gum disease is periodontitis, and it may not be reversible. Signs of periodontitis can include plaque below the gumline, severe bleeding, pain when brushing or flossing, pockets between your teeth and gums, and tooth mobility. If you experience any of these symptoms, taking action now will increase your chances of avoiding tooth loss.
How We Treat Gum Disease
Immediate and proper treatment is necessary for successful gum disease treatment. At Iqaluit Dental Clinic, we diligently work toward the restoration and promotion of your health. After a thorough exam, we can outline the steps necessary for effective treatment.
Root Planing and Scaling
Many gum disease treatment plans can involve root planing and scaling. Root planing and scaling is a professional, in-depth dental cleaning that we perform both above and below your gumline. While this may sound troubling and cause you to doubt whether you want to have it, in many cases you cannot heal without it and you may potentially face tooth loss.
Our hygienists are skilled in the techniques that remove unwanted plaque and bacteria while keeping our patients comfortable. We have special numbing options if your teeth are particularly sensitive. We want you to feel comfortable and worry-free.
Our gentle hygienists will work with you to remove the bacteria and plaque from your teeth while educating you on proper home care techniques and products that will support the health and healing of your gums.
Scientists discovered a link between periodontal disease and other conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. Treating your gum disease now is important for your overall health and well-being.
Once we reach a point where your periodontal disease is under control, we will recommend a professional dental cleaning routine to keep you healthy. This may mean more frequent visits than you are used to because once you have gum disease, you remain more susceptible.
Call Now for Your Evaluation
If you have the symptoms of gum disease, call us right away. The dentists at our Iqaluit dental office can help you get back on track without guilt or judgment. We are here to help and we look forward to starting you out on a healthier path when it comes to your oral care.