Periodontal Therapy and Gum Disease
Your gums serve as the foundation of your oral health, and at Midtown Dental Centre, Dr. Ramlaggan and our skilled dental team are dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy smiles through advanced preventive and periodontal therapy. Our focus is on prevention to safeguard your teeth and gums between visits, with proactive solutions to detect any underlying issues at their earliest stages. Dr. Ramlaggan takes pride in assisting patients in maintaining the well-being of their gums.
Understanding Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a broad term encompassing the buildup of bacteria and inflammation along the gum line. Typically, it results from factors such as inadequate oral care routines, missed dental appointments, genetic predisposition, advanced age, or chronic illnesses.
The gum inflammation characteristic of periodontal disease creates a pathway for plaque bacteria to enter your bloodstream, potentially contributing to various health conditions.
Untreated gum disease can heighten your risk of developing the following health issues:
- Heart Disease
- Premature or Low-Weight Births
Recognizing Gum Disease Symptoms
The early stages of gum disease may not always manifest obvious symptoms, underscoring the importance of regular dental checkups at Midtown Dental Centre. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, it is crucial to schedule an appointment without delay:
- Loose teeth
- Tooth and mouth pain
- Changes in your bite
- Receding, swollen, and painful gums
- Bleeding during brushing and flossing
- Mouth sores
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Pus between teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures
Our Gum Disease Treatments
While gum disease can escalate if left untreated, our Toronto dental team possesses the expertise, technology, and skills to restore your gums to a healthy state. We offer the following periodontal treatments:
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) Receding gums resulting from gum disease can weaken teeth, potentially leading to root damage and tooth loss. If extensive gum recession is caused by gum disease, we may recommend pinhole gum therapy to rejuvenate your oral health.
Dr. Ramlaggan is a certified Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) dentist, offering one of the least invasive methods for gum restoration. This procedure eliminates the need for stitches or grafting. It involves adjusting the existing tissue, delivering a minimally invasive solution that can restore years to your smile and enhance overall health.
Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique include:
- Enhanced post-treatment comfort for patients
- Expedited recovery compared to traditional grafting
- Elimination of uncomfortable sutures
- Absence of scalpels or invasive surgical tools
- No donor tissue extraction from the patient's palate
- Natural-looking, long-lasting results
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning) Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a common procedure for treating gingivitis. It involves deep cleaning below the gum line and smoothing the tooth's surface. This procedure eliminates plaque, bacteria, and acid buildup that contribute to gum inflammation.
A simple SRP helps restore and promote healthier teeth, gums, and overall oral health, while also preventing all stages of periodontal disease. Local anesthesia may be used to numb the affected area before the procedure if necessary.
Laser Gum Treatments Our dentist at Midtown Dental Centre employs advanced soft tissue lasers to combat the signs of gum disease. This cutting-edge technology enhances precision and control during gum treatments. Patients generally prefer laser treatments due to their speed, minimal invasiveness, and increased comfort compared to traditional and surgical gum treatments.
Early Prevention for Healthier Smiles
Preserving your healthy gums and teeth is easily achieved by maintaining a regular schedule of preventive exams with our Midtown dental hygienists. Regular professional cleanings minimize plaque and calculus buildup on your teeth. Our friendly hygienists also offer personalized home care guidance.
When you visit our office for periodontal therapy, Dr. Ramlaggan and our team collaborate with you to determine the most suitable periodontal treatment tailored to your specific oral health needs. Together, we can halt the progression of gum disease and ensure a future of healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.