Of all medical concerns, tooth decay is among the most prominent in the world. Second only to this condition is periodontal disease. Millions of United States patients are impacted by this concern every year. In most patients, the condition is mild, known as gingivitis. When it advances, it is known as periodontal disease and represents a lasting risk to the patient’s oral health. Our Vaughan, Ontario office is dedicated to helping our patient’s families prevent gum disease and treat it effectively.
Periodontal and Gum Disease Treatment at Vibrant Square Dental
There are some familiar signs of gum disease that we can all recognize. If you’ve ever noticed that your gums are tender and puffy or bleed when you brush them. In more advanced cases, the bacteria will cause the gums to separate from the teeth near the roots. The visible evidence of this is known as ‘gum pocketing’ and poses several risks to your oral health. These pockets are excellent places for bacteria and food debris to hide. They also expose the more delicate dental roots, allowing decay to set in. With immediate and appropriate treatment, we can address gum disease and help restore oral health.
- Professional Cleaning – A common part of any dental visit is professional cleaning. This is a thorough process using specialized equipment to eliminate bio-film and bacteria in all areas of the mouth. With regular professional cleaning, a thorough dental hygiene routine, and no additional factors, this can be enough to prevent gum disease. It’s also usually enough to counteract mild cases of gum disease.
- Scaling and Root Planing – This more advanced cleaning process eliminates bacteria and biofilm from below the gum line. Once this stage is done, the root’s surface is smoothed or “planed” to help dissuade bacteria from reforming there. This can help the gums reattach to the root.
- Periodontal Surgery – Our team may suggest a surgical approach when these two treatments fail to address gum disease. Periodontal surgery eliminates remaining decay areas and helps reduce the gingival pockets. This can speed healing and eliminate the most reticent tartar and plaque.
When these approaches have thoroughly addressed your gum disease, it’s essential to maintain a regular dental hygiene routine. This means flossing once a day, brushing twice daily, and using mouthwash at least once daily. You will also require a regular schedule of seeing our dental team twice a year. With consistent and thorough dental care, we can reverse the onset of periodontal disease and prevent its return.
Speak With Our Vaughan, Ontario Office to Learn More
Even with an in-depth dental hygiene routine, advanced gum disease won’t disappear without help. Professional treatment helps to address the underlying concerns and promotes healing. After receiving treatment for periodontal disease, you may experience some degree of sensitivity in the gums and teeth. This typically passes within a few days of the treatment date. Call us to arrange an exam and consultation today.