You probably think that your gums are healthy, if you think about them at all. When you think of oral health, or of beautiful smiles, your mind probably goes to teeth. However, the importance of the pink frame surrounding your pearly whites cannot be underestimated. According to statistics, about 80 percent of adults are afflicted with some form of periodontal disease at some point in their lives. At sherway dentistry, located in Etobicoke, we provide periodontal evaluation and gentle, effective treatment options.
Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. Recently, researchers have been analyzing the potential link between oral diseases and other serious medical problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Fortunately, the disease can be prevented or treated. One of the most important aspects of prevention or early detection is regular dental exams with our on-staff periodontist. The disease can be reversed in the earliest stages.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection in the tissue surrounding the teeth. It causes inflammation of the gums, and the tissue begins separating from the teeth, creating pockets that trap even more plaque and bacteria. Without treatment, the infection can spread until it reaches the bone. Over time, the teeth can loosen and eventually fall out. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be controlled, even in its later stages. However, it is advised to seek treatment early, before significant damage has occurred.
Periodontal disease symptoms
The number one cause of adult tooth loss in developed nations is periodontal disease. The most dangerous fact about this disease is that you could have it and be unaware of any problems because the symptoms are mild and often painless. The most common symptoms include:
Signs of infection
Bleeding gums when you brush and floss
Bad breath that is not related to what you have eaten
Puffy, tender, or discoloured gums
How it is treated?
We will begin with a comprehensive examination to determine the severity of the disease. We will then work together to develop a customized treatment plan. We will take the time to teach you about your disease and how to effectively manage it. We prefer the least invasive, effective solutions possible. With our gum therapy (soft tissue management) program, surgery is typically not necessary.
The first step is removing tartar above and below the gum line. We then polish the surface of the tooth, including the root, to discourage plaque and bacteria from clinging. Once this is accomplished, a topical medication is applied inside of the pockets. It works to kill the remaining bacteria and inhibit reinfection.
Periodontal disease cannot be permanently cured with a single procedure. Although the process described above can bring about a marked improvement, ongoing dental care and a commitment to oral hygiene are necessary to control the condition in the long-term. Great oral health is a team effort, and you are one of the most important members of that team. In addition to providing therapeutic and preventive treatment, we will help you develop healthy habits, and learn to recognize warning signs. Together, we can restore and preserve the healthy smile that you deserve.
Call us at 416.639.2546 and schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of a great smile, and a great dental experience.