Periodontal Treatment For Adults In Barrie
Our periodontal team can diagnose and treat early signs of periodontal disease right here in our comfortable Barrie dental office. During your visit, we'll observe your gums, teeth and surrounding tissue and identify key concerns in order to develop a personalized treatment plan that will put you back on the right track to better oral health.
If you're concerned about your oral health and want to book an appointment, give us a call right away. We have convenient hours from Monday to Friday to best serve our patients.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Early stages of periodontal disease is called gingivitis.
Periodontal disease affects the gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth. It's caused by infections and inflammation from bacteria. This is why it's important to brush your teeth twice daily followed by flossing and rinsing with mouthwash one a day. Bacteria turns into plaque that is hard to remove on your own which will eventually turn into tartar and form even below your gum line.
When it becomes more serious (periodontitis), gum and bone loss can set in, causing your teeth to become sore and possibly loose. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Symptoms to be aware of include:
If you're noticing things like bad breath that won't go away, red, swollen or tender gums, or sensitivity or pain while you're eating, you may have early signs of gingivitis and should visit our dental office right away.
Before gingivitis turns into periodontal disease, there are a few things that can be done to reverse early signs such as brushing and flossing more regularly and effectively and visiting our dentist on a more regular basis as well. While we typically suggest visiting us every six months, in the case of periodontal disease, we'll request that you see us more often than that.
Risk factors of periodontal disease include:
There are certain factors that can put you more at risk of developing periodontal disease. While the most obvious factor includes poor oral hygiene, others include things like diabetes, smoking, immunodeficiencies, certain medications, having crooked teeth, and even stress.
This is why it's important to put the proper prevention methods in place before it has a chance to worsen, especially if you have a bacterial infection that can quickly spread. Having a healthy smile is key to having good overall health, so let's work together to make that happen.
How We Can Treat Periodontal Disease
Scaling & Root Planing
This is done to remove plaque and tartar that have formed below your gum line. One of the most obvious signs that you may need this is bleeding gums every time that you floss. This deep cleaning method will help your gums reattach to the tooth properly. If left untreated, you can suffer from bone and tooth loss.
If you've suffered tooth loss, there are still options for you. Dental implants are a long-lasting and natural-looking solution to replacing an entire tooth from the root up. A titanium screw will be surgically attached to your jawbone and a dental crown placed on top. You'll need to undergo other periodontal treatment before this step.
Contact Our Office Today
When periodontal and gum disease is left untreated, the consequences can be severe. If you're noticing your gums bleeding or swelling or feel any sensitivity or pain, it's time to call our dental team. Some patients may not even experience symptoms, therefore, it's important to visit us regularly to stay on top of early issues and put the proper treatment plans in place. Contact our dental team by giving us a call or filling out an appointment form online. We'll effectively identify, diagnose and treat periodontal disease so you can feel happy and confident in your teeth again. Treatment is only a call away.