What Is Periodontal Care?
Periodontal care is any dental treatment that helps remove harmful bacteria and corrects abnormalities in your gums. Periodontal care prevents and detects oral health problems such as gum disease, impacted teeth, and oral cancer.
Without periodontal care, your gums can begin to collect a thin film of bacteria called plaque. Over time, plaque builds up and hardens into tartar, a sticky, white substance that causes pockets to form in your gums. These pockets can become infected if left untreated for too long, causing periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease is more common than many people think. According to the Canadian Dental Association, seven out of 10 Canadians will experience gum disease at some point during their lives.
Despite its prevalence, gum disease can cause permanent damage without treatment. The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen, painful, or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increasing space between teeth
- Longer-looking teeth
- Persistent bad breath
Thankfully, regular periodontal care including professional teeth cleanings reduces your risk of gum disease. Plus, Dr. Adatia can treat patients with existing gum disease to prevent permanent oral health damage.
Scaling & Root Planing
A common and effective treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. Scaling, the first part of your treatment, involves Dr. Adatia deep cleaning your teeth with dental tools. This removes the built-up plaque and tartar that cause pockets to form underneath your gums.
After she finishes deep cleaning underneath your gums, Dr. Adatia will begin the second part of your treatment, known as root planing. Our root planing treatment smooths your tooth root structures, which allows your gums to grow back firmly around your teeth.
During the scaling and root planing process, Dr. Adatia may offer a supplemental treatment called ARESTIN. This antibiotic treatment is placed directly on the infected gums to assist scaling and root planing, killing the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Periodontal splinting is a procedure that uses your adjacent teeth to steady a loose tooth. Although this procedure isn’t a treatment for gum disease, it can help keep a tooth affected by gum disease in place after Dr. Adatia has cleared your mouth of infection.
Cosmetic Periodontal Care
Canine exposure therapy is a treatment that helps suspended canine teeth emerge naturally into the mouth. Dr. Adatia recommends exposing impacted canine teeth before the age of 13 when canine teeth grow into the mouth. If they’re left untreated for too long, impacted canine teeth can cause infection or permanently become fused in their positions.
Canine exposure involves removing any baby teeth that are blocking the canine from extending into the mouth. We’ll then create a small incision, allowing the tooth to follow a path for healthy growth. If it doesn’t naturally descend into your mouth, we’ll work with an orthodontist to find a solution using braces.
Crown lengthening is a process that pulls back parts of your gumline, exposing more of your teeth and giving the appearance of a brighter, fuller smile. This procedure also can extend the length of worn-down teeth.
Pinhole surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that extends the gumline. This procedure covers more of the tooth surface, reducing sensitivity to hot and cold foods. We’re proud to provide this surgery and help achieve your smile goals without traumatic surgery.
Labial Frenectomy – We use this procedure to correct a condition known as a lip-tie. Lip ties happen when the frenulum, or the piece of skin that connects your lip to your gums, is attached too far up your lip, limiting its motion. During this procedure, we’ll remove a portion of the frenulum tissue. We commonly perform this procedure to help fit dentures or to relieve frenulum tension.
Lingual Frenectomy – A lingual frenectomy removes a portion of the frenulum tissue underneath your tongue. Lingual frenectomies fix a condition called a tongue-tie, a condition that limits your tongue’s range of motion.
Oral Cancer Screening
Perhaps one of the most crucial parts of your regular periodontal care from Dr. Adatia is an oral cancer screening. She’ll provide this thorough examination of your gums, cheeks, under your tongue, and the roof of your mouth during your routine dental appointments.
Early detection can stop oral cancer from progressing further, so ask Dr. Adatia about the signs during your next appointment.
Visit Symmetry Dental For Periodontal Care
Your gums are vital for keeping your oral health in check. Therefore, Dr. Adatia can provide treatments that improve the look and feel of your smile. With periodontal treatments that can stop gum disease in its tracks, along with cosmetic periodontal procedures that help you keep your smile healthy, Symmetry Dental provides effective care. Contact us today by calling 403-271-2661 to speak to a helpful staff member.