Periodontics & Gum Disease Treatment Edmonton
Feeling soreness, pain, or irritation around your gums? We'll design a gum disease treatment plan that gets your gum health back on track.
We provide periodontal surgery, bone and gum grafting, crown lengthening, socket preservation, periodontal maintenance, and perio laser debridement.
Gum Disease Treatment:
How Does It Work?
To treat gum disease - which is also referred to as periodontal disease - you need to remove the tartar (gingival calculus) and biofilm deposits (plaque).
The problem with tartar and biofilm deposits is that they harbour harmful bacteria. Like other systemic diseases, this means that gum disease affects more than just your oral health — it's been linked to an increased risk of other ailments like heart disease and diabetes as well!
Gingivitis (Early Gum Disease)
This is the most common form of periodontal disease. It's usually the result of a person not being mindful enough about their oral health. At this stage, the gum tissue is inflamed, but it's not actively being damaged by bad bacteria.
Gum disease treatment for gingivitis is typically non or less-invasive since the infection hasn't reached as far below the gum line.
It usually just involves a deep cleaning with scaling and root planing as well as the use of a prescription-strength rinse. That's why it's so important to recognize gum disease and receive proper periodontal disease treatment as soon as possible!
Periodontitis (Advanced Gum Disease)
This is a more destructive form of gingivitis which affects the tissues that support and surround the teeth. It develops when gingivitis is left untreated.
With poor dental hygiene, the bacterial infection can get deep below the gum line and affect the underlying bone structure. That can lead to gum recession, loosened teeth from bone loss, and - eventually - lost teeth.
Fortunately, these gum disease symptoms can still be reversed. Gum and bone grafting, for example, can restore lost tissue and firmly re-secure a tooth into the jaw bone.
Signs of Early Gum Disease:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
Signs of Advanced Gum Disease:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Heavy bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums that pull away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a constant metallic taste in your mouth
- Loose or separating teeth
- An alteration in the way your teeth fit together
6 Steps To Help You Avoid Gum Disease and Enjoy Healthier Teeth and Gums:
- Make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, and at least twice daily
- Floss daily between all your teeth to remove plaque
- Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash. Today's options are gentle (no burning sensation) and can protect your mouth against a variety of gum disease risk factors, especially in hard-to-reach areas
- Make healthy food choices. Not only is it good for your oral health, it’s good for your whole body
- Regularly schedule and attend your dental appointments with your dental team
- Quit smoking. Studies have linked cigarettes with destroyed bones that support the teeth. Smoking also weakens the immune system, increasing your chances of developing periodontal disease