Gum Therapy

Midhurst Dental offers non-surgical gum therapy for patients experiencing periodontal disease.


What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is considered one of the most commonly occurring diseases in Canadians. Despite your best efforts in you oral health regime, periodontal disease may occur. You may require gum therapy treatment if your gum disease becomes a more serious problem.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Receding gums
  • Red or purple gums

What is gum therapy?

After a thorough periodontal screening and examination we may choose more aggressive therapies aimed at eliminating or reducing the amounts of bacterial poisons and plaque accumulating below the gum line, (generally cleaning and polishing of teeth is above the gum-line).

What is the gum therapy procedure like?

Gum therapy involves curettage and root-planning and/or treatment with site specific administration of medications to the affected gums.

Curettage is the debridement of the soft tissue lining around the tooth. In disease this tissue is chronically irritated by bacteria deep below the visible gum-line and needs to be removed so that proper healing can occur. Root-Planning is the removal and smoothing of micro-amounts of root surface so that a clean and un-infected surface is presented to the healing lining of soft tissue.

Gum disease does not happen over night and treatment generally is spread out over time as the effectiveness of a procedure needs to be assessed before the next takes place. Generally your condition is re-assessed in time and joint decisions are made about your next step. 

How do I find out if I need gum therapy treatment?

Midhurst Dental hygiene team will work with you to assure that you have access to the care that suits your needs. They will also help you hone your home-care skills so that you can maintain the optimum level of health that you want.


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