Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the upkeep of health and the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, as well as the positioning of dental implants in Vancouver. Periodontitis, like any other persistent illness, will progress if untreated or improperly treated. Hence, it is crucial to finish all the steps of the suggested treatment, from beginning to end.
The goals of our Vancouver periodontal therapy treatment is to manage the cause (bacterial plaque) and the risk factors, repair the damage present (pockets) and restore and maintain a healthy oral environment.
Essentially, gum illness is any kind of condition impacting the periodontium – the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Inflammation of the bone is called periodontitis.
The periodontium also includes the gums (or gingiva), the bone of the tooth socket, and the periodontal ligament – a thin layer of connective tissue that holds the tooth in its socket and acts as a cushion between tooth and bone.
Swelling or infection of the gums is called gingivitis. If permitted to advance, gingivitis can become periodontitis, the intrusion and destruction of the underlying bone that anchors the teeth in place. As that occurs, the gums might recede, exposing the root surface areas and enhancing sensitivity to cold and heat. Teeth may even loosen because of bone damage.
There are numerous healing procedures that can be used the ensure clean and healthy gums. Following your comprehensive exam, our Vancouver periodontal dentist will prescribe and describe your necessary gum therapy.
This is a regular cleaning of the teeth for patients with gums in healthy condition. This is a preventive treatment. It consists of plaque and tartar removal from the crown of the tooth, and then all teeth are polished.
Complete Mouth Cleaning
This cleaning is made use of to treat Gingivitis and conditions where swelling and infection exist and disease exists. Plaque and calculus (tartar) are thoroughly removed from the teeth. This is a restorative treatment, not preventative care.
In some cases patients’ need this treatment to eliminate excess plaque and assistant in excellent diagnostic quality. This treatment might require more than one visit. Added gum treatment/procedures generally follow a full mouth cleaning which is called Scaling and Root Planing.
Gum Scaling And Root Planing
This procedure eliminates plaque and calculus (tartar) from both the crown and the root of the tooth. The root is smoothed and cleaned of infection. This procedure is normally includes one or two visits and local anesthetic.
This is a restorative treatment; generally this procedure takes two in-office visits, each visit is one hour and focuses on either the ideal side or the left side.
Perio Upkeep helps clients sustain gum health and prevent bone loss. It consists of visits at regular intervals (every 3, 4 or 6 months) where the teeth are scaled and polished, plaque and germs are eliminated, and the root surfaces are kept smooth and deposit totally free.
Localized Delivery Of Antibiotic
Antibiotic treatment provides antimicrobial medication into the gum pockets to suppress the pathogenic microbiota.
Irrigation (Anti-bacterial Rinse)
The process of delivering an anti-bacterial rinse under gums after scaling and root planning procedure with the sole purpose of sanitizing prospective bacteria that can produce an infection in an open wound produced by the treatment.
For more information about periodontal therapy and services, contact our Vancouver dental practice today.
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