Gum treatment also referred to as periodontics, is an important part of your overall dental health.
The gums provide the structure for the teeth, and any damage to the gums can put your smile at risk for excess tooth decay, loose teeth, and even complete tooth loss.
Fortunately, gum disease is both preventable and curable, with proper dental care.
With every dental examination and cleaning, we will inspect your gums for early signs of gum disease. If we do find damage to the gums, there are options available that can stop and even reverse the damage that's already been done.
Depending on the type and extent of damage, we may recommend one or more of the following options to treat gum disease:
- More Frequent Scaling with the Hygienist
- Gum surgery
- Bone grafts
Scaling & Root Planing
A scaling and root planing procedure is a relatively simple cleaning procedure that is effective in treating most early-stage gum diseases.
The scale and root plane consists of gently cleaning underneath the gums, removing the harmful bacteria that cause harm to the gums. Using the Airflow equipment we will gently cleanse the tooth and into the gum pockets surrounding the tooth. This process will help remove sticky stubborn plaque that houses harmful bacteria with little to no discomfort versus traditional hand instruments. LEARN MORE.
Similar to the scale and root plane procedure, gum surgery at a dental specialist is designed to thoroughly clean beneath the gum line, preventing future gum disease.
Gum surgery differs from the scale and root plane procedure in that a greater area of the tooth root must be cleaned, which must be accessed surgically.
Bone & Gum Grafts
In some intermediate to advanced cases of gum disease, you may experience loss of gum and/or bone in the jaw. This can lead to a variety of problems including tooth loosening, tooth loss, injury to the jaw, and changes to your facial appearance.
In cases such as this, we may be able to perform gum and/or bone graft procedures to rebuild the affected area.
Call or email our clinic in Innisfail, Alberta Canada today to schedule your personal consultation with us. We'll answer any questions you have about this and our other dental options.