Bay Dental Group will work with you to help decrease plaque and tartar and ensure early detection of Periodontitis, Gingivitis and other gum disease health issues that can cause tender gums.
Gum Therapy At Bay Dental Group
Periodontal disease (also known as ‘gum disease’) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in Canada.
The main goal of treating gum disease is to control the infection. The number of treatments and treatment types are contingent on the type and severity of your gum disease. Beyond the assistance of your Bay Dental Group dentist, daily home care is a requirement.
Treatments can include deep cleaning, scaling and root planning, medications or surgical procedures such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts.
Gum Disease FAQs
What is gum disease caused by?
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. As the infection and resulting inflammation progress, it destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.
A gum disease or periodontitis diagnosis is not uncommon, particularly as we approach middle age.
Early detection and treatment is often the best means of management and control and a simple check-up by your Bay Dental Group dentist is typically the most effective in recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum disease and developing a treatment protocol.
What is periodontal disease and how can I prevent it?
Periodontal gum disease is a wide ranging term that can mean simple gum inflammation to a serious disease state resulting in significant damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.
A precursor to gum disease is gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums cause by bacterial growth from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
What is periodontitis?
The progression of periodontal gum disease is called “periodontitis” essentially meaning inflammation around the tooth.
Symptoms of periodontitis are gums that pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected with bacteria which can lead to destroyed tissue around the tooth.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
A simple check-up by your Bay Dental Group in Sault Ste. Marie dentist is typically the most effective in recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum disease and developing a soft tissue management and treatment protocol.
You soft tissue management plan, designed by your Bay Dental Group dental team is designed to help you maintain healthy gums for a lifetime.
How can I manage my gum disease?
The number of treatments and treatment types are contingent on the type and severity of your gum disease. Beyond the assistance of you Bay Dental Group dentist, daily home care is a requirement.
Among the most effective treatments we employ are deep cleaning, scaling and root planning, medications or surgical procedures such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts. And, of course, regular dentist check-ups.
How often should I visit the dentist if I have gum disease?
Treatment for soft tissue management typically involves two to four dentist appointments and the details of each appointment are explained at the time of diagnosis and implementation of your treatment plan.
At Bay Dental Group, our treatment goal for soft tissue management is non-surgical periodontal treatment however, you may also require a periodontist referral depending on the severity.
Symptoms of periodontal gum disease can include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or teeth that appear longer