At North Burnaby Dental Group, we work with our patients to develop your treatment plan that fits your needs and creates a healthy and vibrant smile. Each new patient begins with a thorough, comprehensive exam with one of our dentists. Then, together, with personalized treatment plan is developed, which may include any of our services.
- Assessment – We do full mouth gum pocket measurements and carefully examine the gums for signs of bleeding, infection, tissue health and tooth mobility. Then an individualized treatment plan is designed to meet your needs.
- Scaling and planing – A thorough cleaning of the roots of your teeth can yield remarkable improvements.
Understanding and arresting gum disease.
- Up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has some form of gum disease or ‘periodontal disease’. Characterized by a persistent bacterial infection surrounding the teeth, periodontal disease causes little or no discomfort and produces few obvious symptoms in the early stages. When periodontal disease is not treated, it can spread and compromise gums, teeth and supportive bone. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and strokes as well as complications for diabetics and pregnant women.
Who is at risk?
- Any of the following conditions greatly exacerbate the risk of periodontal disease: smoking, tobacco use, hormone fluctuations, stress, some medications, bruxism, tooth grinding, diabetes, poor nutrition, HIV and other immunosuppressive diseases, heredity and poor oral hygiene. Even patients who practice good oral home care routines can get periodontal disease. Gums irritated by bacteria can recede away from the root surfaces of the teeth, creating deep pockets where more bacteria can hide and flourish.
Treating Periodontal Disease:
- Early on, when redness, swelling, and bleeding are the only symptoms, we can treat and reverse gum disease non-surgically. Regular checkups greatly increase the likelihood of early detection and conservative treatment. Generally, treatment will include careful, individualized instruction regarding the most effective means of brushing and flossing at home. This strategy is accompanied by professional removal (dental term is root scaling and planing) of plaque and tartar from all affected tooth surfaces and gum pocket irrigation with an antimicrobial rinse. Normally, patients experience significant improvement as long as treatment is started early.
- If gum disease becomes advanced, or does not respond well to conventional treatment, surgery may be needed to remediate the disease and restore the mouth to good oral health. In these cases, you will be referred to a periodontist (gum specialist) who may perform surgical treatments such as pocket depth reduction, bone or tissue regeneration, and soft tissue grafting. The goal of these procedures is to improve your chances of keeping your teeth for life.If you have further questions about periodontal disease and current treatments, please contact our office for consultation.