When you maintain good dental hygiene through regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, you enhance the possibility of keeping your natural teeth for life. Good hygiene involves not only caring for your teeth but also the structures that surround them such as the gums and teeth-supporting bones.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can threaten the supporting tissues surrounding your teeth. At Georgian Mall Family Dental, we look for gum disease as part of our regular examination. If we see signs of trouble, we’ll suggest a gum therapy and cleaning.
Known in dentistry as periodontal therapy, our objective is to restore your diseased gums and surrounding tissues to health as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the disease can spread from the gums to the supporting bone. Periodontal disease can even lead to a loss of teeth in more severe cases. When diagnosing gum disease, we will consider a variety of therapies ranging from a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar trapped beneath the gum life, to periodontal antibiotics, and in the more extreme cases surgery to repair lost gum and bone tissue.
There are two stages of gum disease…
The first stage is gingivitis. Most patients do not experience any symptoms when they initially come down with gingivitis, and when symptoms do occur it’s usually confined to the gum area. Gingivitis is simply the result of plaque buildup and poor dental hygiene. During this stage, mild treatment methods such as a thorough cleaning (scaling) is all that’s required to stop the gingivitis from developing any further.
In more severe cases, gum disease can result in periodontitis. This usually happens when the gingivitis is not treated early enough and the plaque spreads below the gumline. The spreading plaque creates toxins that inflame and eventually attack the gums and bone. In addition, pockets can form within the gums that are susceptible to even greater infection.
If you suspect something is wrong with your gums, don’t wait. Early detection can prevent periodontitis and the need for more invasive treatment methods.
At Georgian Mall Family Dental, we offer a variety of treatment options to correct periodontal issues. Our overall goal is to support your teeth, gums and bone, and prevent tooth loss.
This deep-cleaning technique is the ideal way to control and correct gum disease. We remove the plaque and tartar from beneath the gum tissues using hand scalers and ultrasonic equipment.
If you have deep pockets around your teeth, periodontal antibiotics may be the best option for curing this infection. We carefully place the antibiotics in your gum pockets. These antibiotics fix themselves to the tissue lining the pocket, and through time-release technology, the antibiotics slowly kill the bacteria. These antibiotics are steadily released for 21 days to ensure all bacteria is destroyed.
In more severe cases of periodontal disease, it might be necessary to replace lost gum tissue so that the teeth roots remain protected. A gum grafting procedure is performed by taking gum tissue from a healthy area in the mouth and moving it to where it’s needed.
Georgian Mall Family Dental is one big, happy family and we would be delighted for you to join us in caring for your dental needs – no doctor referral required. We offer a warm and welcoming environment that will immediately help you feel at home, and our diversified team of specialists can take care of any and every dental procedure you may need.
Georgian Mall, 509 Bayfield Street, Barrie
We are located on the Upper Level inside Georgian Mall,
across from Sportchek