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Gum Therapy : What It Is, Process, Aftercare & Cost

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What Is Gum Therapy?

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Gum therapy also termed oral deep cleaning is the best way to maintain healthy gums and teeth, as well as prevent tooth decay.

Gum therapy is a preventative treatment that helps you to keep your mouth clean and healthy by removing plaque and preventing tartar buildup on your teeth.

It can even save you money in the long run, as it helps to prevent cavities and other gum conditions that can lead to more costly procedures down the line.

Gum therapy is simple and easy to use, but it is important that you choose a product that is safe for your individual needs.

You may be looking for something with fluoride if you want extra protection against tooth decay or an antimicrobial agent if you have sensitive gums or other medical conditions that require special attention from your dentist.

The type of product that works best for you will depend on many factors including age, lifestyle habits like smoking or drinking coffee/soda which can lead to increased acidity levels in the mouth which cause damage over time), etc).

Gum therapy has been found to be effective in treating many conditions:

  • Toothaches
  • Mouth sores and ulcers
  • Canker sores (small ulcers inside the mouth)
  • Gum disease

Who Needs Gum Therapy?

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It’s used when your gums are inflamed, bleeding, or receding. It’s not a quick fix—it takes some time for the tissue to heal—but it can help improve your gum health in the long run.

You need gum therapy if:

  • Your gums are inflamed, bleeding, or receding
  • You have sores in your mouth that won’t go away
  • Your mouth feels dry and uncomfortable

Gum therapy is a form of treatment that uses gums to help heal the body. Gum therapy is used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Cold sores (herpes simplex)
  • Canker sores
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Hair loss (alopecia areata)
  • Hemorrhoids (piles)

Gum Therapy Process

Closeup teeth gum therapy process

A general anaesthetic is used to ensure that you do not feel movement or pain. The gum tissue is exposed and cleaned of bacteria… Plaque and tartar from the teeth and pockets below the gum line are removed during this process.

The extensive cleaning will be done by the hygienist using either manual scaling tools or electric or ultrasonic equipment. In order to assist your gums to reattach to your teeth, the hygienist will also undertake a root planing operation, which entails smoothing down the roots of your teeth.

A soft tissue graft is applied to the affected area in order to replace the missing gum tissue. This graft includes donor tissue from another part of the mouth (usually from the palate).local anaesthetic. The donor tissue is then grafted directly to your current gum problem site.

A follow-up visit may be required to assess the pocket depth and ensure your gums and teeth are improving, as gum therapy typically requires at least two visits.

Pros And Cons Of Gum Therapy

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Gum therapy is a treatment that uses gum to replace lost tissue in the mouth. This can be useful for people who have experienced tooth loss, or it can also be used to help prevent tooth loss and gum disease.


  • Gum therapy is relatively affordable, especially compared to other dental care options like veneers or crowns.
  • It’s often less invasive than other treatments, which means that you don’t have to have any surgery or anaesthesia. Instead, you only need to visit a dentist once every few weeks for a new set of gums.
  • It’s easy to get used to—your gums will start feeling natural after just a few days!


  • You can’t eat hot food with your new gums because they won’t be able to withstand high temperatures yet. You’ll have to wait until they’ve had time to heal before eating anything too hot again.

Gum Therapy Before And After

Gum therapy before and after

Gum Therapy Aftercare

After your gum therapy cleaning, it’s crucial to brush your teeth twice a day with either an electric toothbrush or a toothbrush with soft bristles in order to prevent recurrence. Additionally, you should floss frequently and consume a healthy, balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables.

As well as avoiding cigarette products, you should moderate your alcohol consumption. To keep your teeth healthy and look out for any potential indicators of developing new pockets, it’s crucial to schedule routine dental examinations. This is particularly crucial since early intervention can save you from later needing more gum therapy.

What's the cost of Gum therapy in South Africa?

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Gum therapy is a great way to improve your oral health. It can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, prevent tooth decay, and keep your mouth clean.

In South Africa, gum therapy can cost anywhere from R2000 to R5000 per month. This is a very affordable treatment for all ages and income levels, but it does depend on what kind of gum therapy you choose.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

Scaling is the process of removing calculus, or hardened plaque and tartar, from above and below the gum line. Additionally, the tooth root’s rough areas are smoothed off (planing). The bacteria are eliminated and a clean surface is created, allowing the gums to reconnect to the teeth.

A type of periodontal surgery is gum grafting. It is used to fix receding gums that have exposed a tooth root. Gum recession as well as tooth decay can be stopped with a gum grafting treatment.

The gum therapy process is usually painless, but if you have sensitive teeth, you may experience a little discomfort. If this happens, try to relax your jaw and let the hygienist know that you’re uncomfortable. She will then be able to adjust her technique to minimize the pain.

If you are experiencing any kind of discomfort or pain during your appointment, please let us know right away so we can stop what we’re doing and give you some extra attention until it subsides. We want your visits with us to be comfortable and pleasant, so we want to make sure that no one goes home with a sore jaw or tender gums because they were too scared to speak up!


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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
hildah nhlekohildah nhleko
09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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