Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a common infection that affects the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Without therapy, the alveolar bone around the teeth would gradually deteriorate. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, adhere to the tooth’s surface and grow in the pockets around it. Inflammation occurs as the immune system reacts and poisons are produced. Periodontitis, if left untreated, will eventually lead to tooth loss. We are proud of our experience in conserving teeth and avoiding tooth loss at Family Dental Care.
Preventative dentistry is essential to our dedicated staff since it allows us to provide the following benefits to our patients:
- Avoiding time-consuming procedures avoiding needless expenditures.
- Keeping your natural teeth is a goal that many people strive towards having.
- Having a healthy mouth/smile is essential.
- The primary goal of treatment is to remove germs from the teeth’s pockets and prevent additional bone and tissue deterioration.
Oral Hygiene is Important: Even if the teeth and gums are healthy, you should practice good dental hygiene daily to avoid infection. Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is part of good dental hygiene. In addition, an interdental brush is indicated if there is ample space between the teeth.
Cleaning and Scaling: Plaque and calculus (calcified dental plaque) must be removed to restore periodontal health. A dentist will perform scaling and debridement to clean underneath the gum line. Hand tools or ultrasonic equipment that breaks up plaque and calculus can be used to do this. Root planing is a procedure that smooths rough regions on the teeth’s roots. Bacteria can become trapped in the rough spots, raising the risk of gum disease.
More Advanced Treatment
If non-surgical treatments and basic dental hygiene aren’t working, it may require oral surgery.
Bone and Tissue Grafts: That surgery aids in the regeneration of lost bone or gum tissue. Where bone has been lost, newly natural or synthetic bone is implanted to promote bone regeneration. The dentist may also recommend a soft tissue graft. That entails removing tissue from another section of the mouth or covering exposed tooth roots with synthetic material.
You may need to have a damaged or impacted tooth pulled if you have dental pain or you need gum disease treatment. The majority of oral surgery may now be done in a dentist’s office; call 613-736-5000 or email us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to identify the best course of therapy.