Gum Disease and Periodontal Treatment
At Sonata Dental, Dr. Lawrence Lai, General Dentist offers comprehensive gum disease treatment plans to our Airdrie patients. When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to rush support to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. The inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, treatment can be a little more complicated. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by backing away.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease can increase your risk of systemic health problems by making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Lai how non-surgical periodontal therapy can potentially contribute to preventing problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Sonata Dental in Airdrie.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Lai offers a range of treatments to reverse or even stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Gum Graft Surgery (Gum Tissue Regeneration)
Gum grafting is used to treat gum recession by covering exposed root surfaces with tissue transplanted from the roof of the mouth. Once completed, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth can begin to naturally regenerate, rejuvenating your smile. While gum graft surgery is painful, invasive and entails a recovery period, the long-term benefits can include reduced sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and overall improvement of gum health.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit Sonata Dental in Airdrie every six months for your routine cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gum-line to remove plaque and tartar, as well as polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Lai performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from periodontal pockets and root planing smoothes the tooth root, making it less susceptible to harboring bacteria. Therapeutic antibiotics and antibacterial rinse are often used in conjunction with scaling and root planing to help defeat the infections around your teeth and get you back on track.
We will review your medical status and history with you prior to your deep cleaning as an extra precaution, as in rare cases loosened biofilm can travel to the rest of your system. However, without periodontal therapy, negative impact on the immune system and gradual tooth loss are inevitable. Gum disease cannot heal itself without professional intervention, so we encourage you to keep your regular deep cleaning appointments.
Root Surface Debridement
Root surface debridement (RSD) is also known as root planing or root curretage. Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Dr. Lai uses root surface debridement to remove these deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Periodontal Surgical Intervention
If your periodontal pockets are too deep to clean with conservative scaling and root planing alone, Dr. Lai may recommend performing flap surgery in order to treat the entire affected area around your tooth. This surgical procedure is invasive, but it is necessary to eliminate all of the infection in order to successfully treat gum disease. For the last level of treatment protocol, Dr. Lai may recommend extracting your periodontal involved teeth and replacing them through bone grafting and dental implants.
We also offer gum grafting treatments to cover exposed root surfaces and prevent receding gums from continuing to lose ground. This strengthens and rejuvenates the gums around your natural teeth and can help you keep them for longer.
If periodontal disease has affected your mouth, your jawbone may be too weak to support a dental implant you need. In cases like this, Dr. Lai will often recommend natural bone regeneration (also known as bone grafting) to promote healthy bone growth and strengthen your jawbone. Over time, your jawbone may regain enough bone mass to support a dental implant.
All oral surgeries are by nature invasive and carry risks and recovery times, but the alternative of not treating your progressive gum disease due to these marginal risks is strongly not recommended..
Gum disease will not get better over time and requires professional intervention to manage. Call Sonata Dental in Airdrie today and schedule your new patient appointment and reclaim your oral health!
We can often connect you with same-day or next-day emergency dentist appointment times to help you manage pain and ensure your oral health!