Periodontics (Gum Health)

Periodontics pertain to the diagnosis & treatment of gum diseases. Periodontal disease (or gum disease) are the most frequent oral complications faced by Canadians. When overlooked, it can cause gum lines to recede and can even cause tooth loss. Further, gum disease can be difficult to detect in its early stages- symptoms include sore, swollen or bleeding gums. If you are looking for a dentist specializing in periodontics in Halifax, Santé Dental is here for you. Periodontics is the focus of gums and gum disease. When undiagnosed, this condition can lead to receding gum lines and (in some cases) tooth loss. 

Periodontal disease can be painless and hard to diagnose without professional observation by a dentist. Signs could be discrete, such as changes in the gum tissue consistency (softening of the gums) or small red and white spots. More obvious signs include bleeding and swollen gums. Regardless of the severity of the symptoms, always seek medical advice from your dentist. Halifax residents can be confident that their gum disease issues will be properly assessed at Santé Dental. Our hygiene services are an effective way of keeping on top of your gum health, along with regular checkups to spot the early signs of periodontal disease before they escalate. 

There are some non-surgical options for addressing gum disease. One of these is ‘scaling and root planing’, which involves deep cleaning the root. The exposed parts of the root are then smoothed out to discourage the adherence of plaque and calculus to the surface. 

Surgical root treatment, if necessary, could involve a ‘gingivectomy’. This is the removal of excess gums that extend more than needed. This overgrown gum is open to plaque and bacteria growing underneath. It can sometimes be removed depending on the growth or secured back into place after the root cleaning. 

If you are concerned that your gums may be displaying signs of periodontal disease (or simply to book a regular checkup so we can spot potential signs) click here to request an appointment with us at Santé Dental. We also offer a French speaking service. 

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