Periodontal treatment refers to the process of healing gum infections and diseases ranging from a simple inflammation to more serious conditions that can damage your jawbone and the soft tissues. In extreme situations, you can lose your teeth due to their weakened support! That’s why it is recommended to get any periodontal disease treated as soon as possible.
Why Get Treated?
The bacteria, mucus and food particles that enter our mouths gradually form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on our teeth. With time, especially if you don’t clean your teeth regularly, the “plaque” begins to harden to the extent of forming a “tartar” that you can’t get rid of by normal brushing. At this point, you need to see your dentist to clean your teeth before it begins to affect your gums and cause the following:
- Gingivitis: The accumulated tar on your teeth can attract some bacteria that cause inflammation of the gum. As a result, your gums can turn red and swollen, and finally, they begin to bleed.
- Periodontitis Failure to treat gingivitis evolves into a more serious problem that causes inflammation around the teeth. The gums begin to pull away creating some “pocket-like” spaces that become thriving grounds for harmful bacteria. Unchecked, the condition weakens the jawbone and connective tissues.
Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Protection
We can scrape off the tar on your teeth and clean the roots to heal your gum disease
Periodontal Treatment Process
There are many ways to treat periodontal diseases. The following four are the major ones:
- Medications: Depending on how far your gum disease has spread, your periodontist can recommend some medications like antimicrobial mouthrinse, antibiotic gel, enzyme suppressant and antiseptic chip among many others. However, most of these medications are only effective when used for a longer prescription period.
- Root planing and scaling Your dental hygienist will scrape off the tar on your teeth up to the gum line (scaling). Additionally, you the dentist will clean the hiding spots for germs that cause periodontal diseases on the tooth root (root planing).
- Surgery Sometimes surgery can be the only solution to curing your periodontal disease. In this case, a flap surgery can be used to correct inflammation and deep pockets that remain uncured after applying other treatments. Additionally, your periodontist may recommend a graft surgery to help regenerate tissues or bones lost to the gum disease.
We Can help. Do It at Our Office!
Mississauga Smiles Dentistry is a great professional for all your periodontal treatment need. We have experts with many years of experience and our consultation schedule is very flexible so that you access our services on demand. We help our clients to process insurance claims and you can drop by to check our current offers on our services.