Gum Disease Calgary AB

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Improve your gum health with personalized periodontal therapy in Calgary, AB.

The idea of Periodontics is designed around the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, which can negatively impact the overall health and function of the teeth, gums tissue, and surrounding bone structure. When left untreated, gum disease can have detrimental effects on your dental health as well as your overall health.

Studies have suggested that patients with gum disease have an increased risk of developing serious health concerns like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease can lower your risk for certain health concerns as well as protect your dental health. The longer gum disease progresses, the more likely you will experience severe complications.

At Foothills Dentistry, we offer a complete range of non-invasive periodontal therapy treatments. Our dental treatments can be personalized to address the various stages and effects of gum disease.

We encourage patients to visit our Calgary dentist office at least twice a year for a routine dental exam. During your exam, we can evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums to determine if gum disease is present. Understanding the risks, symptoms, and treatments associated with gum disease may help you restore your gum health.

Common Sign & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease happens when the gums and bone pull away from the teeth, which creates deep periodontal pockets under the gum line. When these pockets form it allows bacteria to enter the area below the gum line, which causes a bacterial infection of the gums.

When left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone and tissue loss. When this happens, the teeth are no longer supported properly, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Gum disease remains one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adult patients.

Symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Shifting, loose teeth
  • Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
  • Tooth loss
  • Receding gum line
  • Shifting teeth

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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Treatment for gum disease is tailored to meet your specific case. We recommend certain treatments based on the stage and progression of gum disease as well as the extent of damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw structure. The main focus of periodontal therapy is to stop the progression of gum disease and restore your dental health.

Based on the results for your dental health evaluation, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments as part of your comprehensive periodontal therapy treatment plan:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: This is an intensive cleaning that will remove harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums. Your dentist will use special tools that will scrape away plaque and tartar that has built up deep in the pockets. Then they will smooth out the tooth roots to encourage the gums to reattach.
  • Laser Dentistry: Laser dentistry is revolutionary dental solution for treating gum disease. It can remove infections from the gums with less downtown, less bleeding, no sutures, and faster healing.
  • Gum Surgery: More advanced cases of gum disease may require gum surgery.
  • Antibacterial Rinse: We may prescribe an antibacterial rinse that you can use at home. This will help keep oral bacteria in check and prevent gum disease.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are noticing any changes to your dental health, be sure you contact your trusted dentist at Foothills Dentistry in Calgary, AB. If you would like to explore your periodontal therapy treatment options, call (587) 410-0821 or request an appointment online.