Gum Disease Treatment – Ottawa, ON
Helping Patients Avoid Bone and Tooth Loss
The mouth is made up of several parts, with teeth and gums being the two major components that can easily succumb to common oral health problems. While pearly whites can often be victims of stains, chips, and cracks, soft oral tissues (i.e., the gums) can experience inflammation, bleeding, and tenderness – all of which are signs of gum disease. Although early stages (gingivitis) can be treated and symptoms reversed, far too many patients don’t realize the problem until it has progressed. If you are concerned about the state of your gum health, call our office to schedule an appointment today.
Why Choose Smyth Dental Centre for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Soft Tissue Laser Used for Added Comfort
- Sedation Dentistry Available for Anxious Patients
- We Welcome Your Dental Insurance
What is Gum Disease?
Inflammation, soreness, bad breath, and bleeding are just a few of the many symptoms commonly associated with gum disease. As a problem among adults, more and more dentists are finding it necessary to offer gum disease treatment as a way to address this serious dental issue.
When bacteria and plaque attack the soft oral tissues surrounding teeth, it causes the tissue to become inflamed. If the tartar and plaque spread beneath the gumline, it can create gum pockets that can trap bacteria and open the door for more severe symptoms. Bone and tooth loss are possible consequences as well as the infection entering the bloodstream and negatively impacting the rest of the body (i.e., heart, brain, kidneys, etc.).
Why is Gum Disease so Serious?
Although it might seem as if bleeding gums are not a big deal, the reality is that it can have devastating consequences for your overall well-being if not treated early. Apart from the unsightly look of swollen, reddening gums, the bacteria that target your mouth can begin to break down areas of the jawbone, causing it to weaken over time and eventually cause further tooth loss.
Should the infection and inflammation reach the bloodstream, researchers have discovered that many health-related conditions are linked to gum disease, such as diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, respiratory illness, kidney disease, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
Is Gum Disease Curable?
Once bacteria start to attack your gum tissues, there is no way to “cure” the problem. But our team at Smyth Dental Centre is here to deliver hope in the form of gum disease treatment. We can offer helpful solutions and treatment options to minimize symptoms, prevent worsening oral health, and improve the state of your oral tissues.
We can do this by using minimally invasive treatments, including:
- Scaling & Root Planing – We will start by removing hardened plaque and bacteria around the teeth and gumline before smoothing the tooth roots to encourage proper reattachment.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy – A member of our team will use our soft tissue laser to target the pockets of bacteria and eliminate them with the laser’s concentrated beam of light.
- Antibiotic Therapy – After treatment, we will apply antibiotic therapy in the form of a topical medication that will eliminate bacteria after several weeks.