Periodontal Therapy in Waterloo & Kitchener

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the most common oral health afflictions that patients suffer from throughout North America. Because it develops slowly, with sometimes little to no noticeable symptoms, it can be hard to detect. Many people are prone to dismissing a little blood when flossing and brushing, but you should take no chances. The best way to avoid buildup below the gum-line is to visit your dentist and hygienist at least every six months.

 

In fact, without proper treatment, gum disease can cause a host of oral health problems like:

 

Bleeding or inflamed gums

Chronic bad breath

Receding gums

Risk of infection

Tooth loss

 

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, we may recommend non–surgical or surgical periodontal therapy. Dr Karen J. Lee, your Waterloo dentist, will examine your condition to choose the appropriate treatment for your needs. We will make sure to explain our recommendations in depth and help you make the best decision in comfort and confidence.

 

Non-surgical gum therapy is recommended when the gum disease is still in its early stages. This involves using a number of techniques, such as scaling and root planing, to eliminate the harmful bacteria and plaque above and below your gum line. Treating gum disease early on can prevent it from becoming more serious and leading to further health complications in the future.

 

Surgical options can also address more advanced issues, like gingival decay, gum recession, cysts and periodontitis. Advanced gum problems have also been extensively linked with heart problems by many medical studies, so you should take the health of your gums very seriously. These issues, however, can be mostly avoided with good personal care and daily habits along with regular dental visits.

 

To learn more about periodontal therapy in Waterloo & Kitchener, contact Dr. Karen J. Lee Dentistry at 519 747-3917 or drkarenjleedentistry@gmail.com to speak with our staff.