Periodontics Langley

Periodontics Langley

Periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis and periodontitis, is most easily identified by the visible symptoms it causes as it progresses. In its beginning stages, a periodontal disease often causes no symptoms at all, making it difficult for the average person to notice. With time, bacteria begin causing inflammation in the gums, which may result in reddening or gums that are tender, swollen, and easily bleed. As bacteria continue to proliferate, the teeth may begin to appear longer due to a receding gum line. Eventually, pockets may begin to form between the gums and teeth, which can lead to loosened teeth or total tooth loss. Other symptoms of periodontal disease may include chronic bad breath and mouth sores.

Did you know?

Periodontal disease is a serious oral health problem that affects nearly half of American adults. It is easily treated in its earliest stages, although many people do not know they have it until symptoms appear—often not until it has progressed to moderate or severe stages that require more complex treatments. The most effective way of finding and preventing periodontal disease is by adopting good oral hygiene and attending periodic dental cleanings and exams.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Only a dentist can diagnose periodontal disease. If you are suffering with any of the symptoms listed above, schedule a dental exam immediately to find out if you need periodontal treatment. If you are symptom-free, you still need to visit your dentist twice yearly for an exam.

What will happen if I am diagnosed with a periodontal disease?

You may be referred to a periodontist who can evaluate the severity of your condition and formulate a treatment plan that is best for you. Treatments vary according to the type of periodontal disease you have and how far it has progressed, although the goal of any periodontist is to provide the most effective and conservative treatment possible.

How can I prevent periodontal disease from returning in the future?

Once you have had periodontal disease, you are more likely to develop the condition again. However, you can help prevent recurrences by brushing and flossing after every meal and snack, avoiding tobacco products, adopting a healthy and nutritious diet, and attending frequent dental exams and cleanings as recommended by your dentist.

Gum Grafting / Pocket Reduction Surgery

Your smile is an important part of your appearance. And though the size, shape and color of the teeth are most frequently associated oral cosmetics, the gums play an essential role too. When gingival tissues begin to recess, your teeth may look oversized and uneven. Soft tissue grafting is often used to restore the gum line using a bio-compatible grafting material that is attached to the gums to protect the tooth surface. The resulting augmentation produces restored dental symmetry and eliminates a ‘toothy’ smile.

Did you know…

that gum recession can be more than just a cosmetic problem? The enamel below the gum line is more prone to decay and tooth sensitivity when exposed. A receding gum line can put your long-term dental health at risk – potentially causing cavities, bone loss, additional gum recession, and even tooth loss.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for gum grafting?

Generally, grafting is recommended once the gingival tissue has reached the mucosa. However, you may be a candidate for soft tissue grafting if you have noticeable gum line recession that is a source of embarrassment, is a risk to your oral health.

What should I expect during a gum grafting or a pocket reduction procedure?

If you decide to undergo grafting, your procedure will take place in your oral health provider’s office. The grafting site will be numbed, and the existing gum tissue will be loosened to make room for the graft. The grafting material is sutured in place, and you will return home the same day as your procedure.

How long is the recovery period following the procedure?

It is normal to experience some soreness and swelling at the grafting site after your procedure. However, this will subside after a few days as your tissue graft continues to heal. Be sure to follow your post-procedural guidelines exactly as ordered by your oral surgeon, and take any prescriptions as instructed. Sutures usually dissolve or will be removed within a few days, and you should notice a significant improvement in the appearance of your gums within a few weeks. Keep in mind, however, that soft tissue grafts take several months to completely heal.

Ramneet , Hygienist

Ramneet has been in the dental field for over 14 years, starting her career as a Certified Dental Assistant. She quickly became passionate about dentistry and graduated from the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2015 with high honours. Ramneet believes that it is her utmost priority to create a comfortable environment for her patients. She enjoys building relationships with her patients and educating them on the importance of their overall oral health.

Outside the office, she loves spending quality time with her husband and two kids.
She looks forward to helping you put your best smile on every day!

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