Periodontal Treatment at Medicine Hat

Are you at risk for gum disease if you fail to maintain a good oral health routine? There are several stages of periodontal disease and your risk of developing one of them is high. It is suggested that a large percentage of the population has at least one form of this disease. The only way you can prevent the progression of periodontal disease is to visit your dentist regularly so your gums can be monitored. Poor diet and lack of dental hygiene creates a buildup of plaque and toxins between your teeth and gums, known to be the cause of tooth loss. If left unattended, tooth loss can lead to a series of dental issues including pain, infection, and loss of bone in your jaw.

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Periodontal Disease Types

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the initial form of periodontal disease. Tartare and plaque buildup on your teeth and gums cause a bacterial infection. In the early stages, this bacterial infection can be routinely treated to prevent further issues. Gingivitis affects the gums by forming pockets of bacteria that cause the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. If left untreated it can lead to chronic periodontal disease.

Chronic Periodontal Disease

When you develop chronic periodontal disease you risk losing a tooth or teeth. The bacterial infection from gingivitis begins to enter the tooth itself and sometimes progresses to the point of no return where the tooth will need to be removed.

Aggressive Periodontal Disease

Your risk of this disease spreading rapidly increases when you smoke. A family history of periodontal disease also increases your chances of developing this type of oral issue. If you have one or more of these risk factors, you should inform your dentist during your bi-annual appointment.

Periodontal Disease Relating to Systemic Conditions

Pre-existing health conditions can also put you at risk for developing periodontal diseases. You may have Diabetes, respiratory issues or a type of chronic illness that can cause early development of gum diseases. Your dentist will monitor your gums and teeth and provide you with a series of regular dental routines to help ward off this disease.

Leading causes of Periodontal Diseases

  • Hormonal changes such as puberty and pregnancy
  • Systemic medical issues and autoimmune diseases
  • Lack of good oral hygiene
  • Biting nails and grinding your teeth
  • Problems with saliva production (dry mouth)

What Are Some Telltale Signs of Gum Disease?

  • Blood from your gums
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • You feel your teeth moving
  • Inflammation and swelling of gum tissue

Your dentist will individualize your treatment of periodontal disease. Some treatments may include cleaning the roots of your teeth through root planing, pocket irrigation, and removal of some of the soft tissues. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to prevent further damage.

What can be done to Treat Periodontal Disease?

  • During your dental cleaning; scraping and professional scaling
  • Medications in the form of a daily mouthwash
  • Oral medications such as an antibiotic to treat infection

Recognizing periodontal disease early is your best defence against this disease. Bleeding and swollen gums can be treated routinely with the guidance of your dentist. Regenerating gum tissues is possible with the insertion of specially formulated membranes. Removing the place where bacteria grows through pocket elimination is also a good way to reduce your chances of the disease spreading. Consult your dentist for your individual assessment.

If there is a concern of periodontal disease occurring or signs of it happening then your dental hygienist at Park Meadows Dental will check for periodontal pockets, measuring their depth if they are found.

Prevention of periodontal disease is the number one way to avoid the issues associated with it. Follow your dentist’s instructions to brush and floss your teeth regularly and keep a consistent routine twice per year for dental visits. The key is to prevent plaque and tartar build-up from happening in the first place.

Post Periodontal Treatment

When you have completed your treatment for periodontal disease you may experience some discomfort. It is recommended you take something to help ease the pain such as an Ibuprofen which you can purchase from your local pharmacy. You may want to take it before any of the anesthetic begins to dissipate as it will help with swelling as well. Your dentist will recommend options for your ongoing comfort such as specially formulated toothpaste and medicated rinses. It is normal for your gums to be somewhat sore for a short time after treatment but if you are experiencing a lot of pain you should contact your dentist immediately. As with any post-treatment, you should get plenty of rest and maintain a healthy diet during your recovery time.

Park Meadows Dental cares about your oral health and wants you to have quality care. Contact our office today to schedule a visit so we can help keep your teeth and gums in great shape.

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