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Dental health issues can move to the gums. The two most common gum diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis. If you get any of these conditions as a resident of London, you will need to see a Periodontist in London, Ontario.
All over the world, periodontists are helping save and treat patients gums. Essentially, this is because these are dentists that specialize in gum diseases. Let's catch you up on these gum diseases and later, schedule you for a checkup.
Gums are a big part of your overall dental structure and dental healthcare. Periodontitis is a disease that affects the gums. It is a chronic inflammation caused by a host of bacteria and microorganisms in your mouth. Periodontitis, if not tackled in advance, can destroy your gums and lead to tooth loss. In some cases, the condition triggers extra health problems - that could be a lot to handle.
Periodontitis begins with the inflammation of the gums. This specific inflammation is clinically recognized as gingivitis. How would/could/do you know that you have gingivitis? Well, the symptoms are hard to miss. They include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing teeth
- Painful gums when brushing teeth
- Bad breath and soft gums
Gingivitis grows. Remember that the inflammation is propagated by an overgrowing load of harmful bacteria in your mouth. When it worsens, the inflammation spreads to the areas below the gums and on the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bones. That is where it poses the biggest risk. These regions structurally support your teeth, but the inflammation can make the support system lose and dysfunctional.
Gingivitis is in itself a dental condition that needs prompt treatment. But when your dentist tells you that you have periodontitis, it means that the bacterial infection that causes gum inflammation has spread to your:
- Anchoring fiber
- Cementum, which is the anchoring structure of the tooth
The progression of periodontitis is gradual and can happen over many years. Even so, some patients may get the most active form of the condition - leading to rapid teeth loss. Nearly 70% of all tooth loss cases result from periodontitis. And around 4 in 10 adults have periodontitis. If detected and treated early, periodontitis can be cured.
A speedy intervention is advisable so that you don't lose your teeth. Thankfully you will see the signs, including bleeding and sore gums. Don't ignore these symptoms. Check with a dentist before the gum disease worsens.
Plaque: Starches, sugars and a host of bacteria can destroy your gums and lead to periodontitis. You can avoid this by brushing your teeth twice a day (for two minutes) and flossing regularly.
Gum inflammation and gingivitis: The more your gums weaken, the more the bacteria can access the deep parts of your teeth support structures. Call a dentist ASAP (we are always available) when you see signs of gingivitis.
Also, you are more likely to get periodontitis if you:
- Like to smoke tobacco
- Don't eat your fruits and veggies (Vitamin C deficiency)
- Vape or smoke marijuana
- Frequently get dry mouth
- Have conditions such as obesity, cancer, and HIV/AIDS
Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the treatment of periodontitis. Because the inflammatory disease can destroy not just the gums but also the supporting structures, specialized treatment and care are often needed.
Periodontics treatment exclusively targets to improve the wellness of your gums through the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontitis. Treatment approaches here (in this subsect of dental care) are much more complex and advanced than regular dental treatments.
Periodontics treatments are for various cases, from mild gingivitis to chronic periodontitis. The specialists you consult may leverage an extensive range of treatment approaches that could be surgical or non-surgical.
Your treatment for periodontitis and gingivitis, gentle reader, may include scaling and root planning to thoroughly clean and remove bacteria from the affected surfaces of your gums and teeth. Sometimes in their expertise, periodontists in London, Ontario, see it fit to remove the damaged tissue and perform regenerative procedures. All the approaches improve the strength of your teeth to restore your perfect smile.
When you go in for a periodontal treatment, you can expect a diagnosis like any other dental issue. In the session, your dental specialist (the London Periodontist or dentist you choose) will review your gum disease situation and assess its severity. As part of the diagnosis, you can expect:
- A review of your medical history; it helps the Periodontist to identify the risk factors for your condition
- Physical examination of your mouth for dental inflammation
- The dental expert may measure the grove in your gums at several points using a dental probe; gum spaces of more than 4 mm are signs of periodontitis.
- Lastly, the specialist may do an X-ray to get a clear picture of how it has affected the bone and teeth support structures.
Shortly we will be looking at the treatment options for periodontitis. Before that, let's see what puts you at risk of the disease. We want to help you take better care of your dental health, so no stones will be left unturned. If you want to skip this altogether and get help immediately, call us right now and well will gladly help you.
As was hinted/stated before, treatment approaches for periodontitis vary greatly. They can be surgical or non-surgical - based on the degree of damage already done. Here is what is likely to happen when you visit a Periodontist in London, Ontario, for treatment:
Cleaning: There are two techniques for cleaning. One is scaling, and the process involves removing plaque from your teeth and gums. The specialist may use an ultrasonic or laser tool in this cleaning process. The second cleaning approach is root planning. The Periodontist will smooth the root surface of your teeth to prevent the build-up of bacteria. These two processes are painless, and they help to reduce inflammation and prevent damage to teeth.
Medication: Since bacteria cannot be handled by cleaning alone, the Periodontist may prescribe medication to control the bacterial infection. These will be antibiotics. They can be mouth rinses or topicals that you apply in your gums after cleaning.
Periodontal surgery: There are many minimally/non-invasive surgeries that your dental specialist (London Periodontist) may perform to save your teeth and gums from extensive damage. These surgeries include:
Pocket reduction surgery. The specialist makes a small incision to lift a section of your gum tissue for more effective cleaning. Depending on the severity of your periodontitis, the London Periodontist may reshape the underlying bone for further strengthening.
Gumline grafts. This periodontics surgery helps to reverse the condition if it has led to the loss of gum tissue. The dental specialist may remove a small amount of tissue from your palate and attach it to the affected area to strengthen the gums, cover exposed teeth roots, and prevent further gum recession.
Bone grafting. In chronic cases of periodontitis, the bones around your teeth may sustain severe damage. Bone grafting surgeries help to restore damaged bones around the root system of your teeth. The specialist will reinforce the bones using small bone fragments from a donor or a different area of your body.
Gingivectomy. The specialist removes and replaces severely affected tissues from your gums. This rectifies the appearance and symmetry of your gums - after healing.
Guided tissue growth: Apart from cleaning, surgery, and medication, there are two other techniques that dental specialists may use to treat periodontitis. The first is tissue regeneration using a biocompatible fabric. The implant is placed between your bone and tooth. This way, the bone gets to grow back without interference from unwanted tissue. In the second approach, the dental expert applies a protein gel on the affected tooth to activate bone and tissue growth.
A Periodontist (in london) is a dental expert who specializes in the treatment of gum diseases. Gum health is a special area of dentistry, and so these professionals do three more years at dental school, studying more about gums and gum diseases.
The dental expert diagnoses and treats gingivitis and periodontitis. They use medication, cleaning, surgery, and tissue regrowth techniques in the treatment, as explored earlier. They also help prevent these conditions by educating patients on risk factors and recommending oral health and dental hygiene products.
A Periodontist in London, Ontario, is also trained in cosmetic gum procedures. After treating oral inflammation, they may perform a procedure to restore your teeth and gums' appearance.
The job description of a Periodontist in London entails:
- Diagnosing dental and gum diseases
- Cleaning teeth and gums and prescribing antibiotic medication
- Performing therapeutic and cosmetic gum surgeries
- Patient education on periodontitis and gingivitis prevention and care
- Patient follow up
Our credentials speak for us. We have several qualified dental professionals at our clinic. We have a world-class team and dentist in-house, and extensive connections in the industry. If our dentist notices severe gum health issues during your visit, we will help you get specialized care. Our experts are all highly trained, certified, and registered with the board.
We have extensive experience in many areas of dentistry. We guarantee positive patient outcomes because of our knowledge of best practices and approaches in periodontics. We have various techniques for improving comfort and reducing the risk of complications during treatment.
You will receive amazing care from us. From medication to surgeries and tissue regrowth, we do everything in-house. We will not refer you. We have the tools and techniques to serve you right. After the treatment, you can expect a comprehensive follow-up plan from us. If it suits you right, you can take advantage of our virtual follow up capabilities for your convenience.
At Sbenati Dentistry, we treat all patients with care, respect, and integrity. Gentle is our approach, and we listen. We get to know our patients and understand their pains, worries, and fears. You will be in the hands of compassionate dental experts for a beautiful smile (all around) and joie de vivre.
Contact us to set an appointment for checkup and/or treatment today!