Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious condition that affects a surprisingly large percentage of the adult population. Our gums support our teeth, and need to be maintained with proper daily care in order to stay healthy.
When a patient first experiences gums that bleed when they floss or brush their teeth, this is often an indication of gum disease (phase 1: gingivitis). When gingivitis is not treated or managed, the condition can progress to the second and final phase of gum disease; periodontitis. This is when the patient becomes seriously at risk for tooth loss.
Our Ottawa dentist provides both surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies to our patients. These procedures include:
Periowave™ is a minimally invasive and successful treatment that uses a laser in conjunction with a Periowave™ photosensitizing solution to fight destructive bacteria and toxins that are responsible for gum disease.
A crown lengthening procedure involves reshaping a patient's gum and bone tissue to expose more of the tooth's crown or enamel. A crown lengthening procedure may be performed for cosmetic or restorative purposes.
For patients with receded gums, we can perform a gum grafting procedure. With a typical procedure, soft tissue is harvested from the roof of a patient's mouth and relocated to the receded area(s). Without a treatment like such, severe gum recession can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Don't hesitate to contact our Ottawa dentist today to learn more about our periodontal therapies.