Periodontal Therapy Toronto

Words like periodontal therapy may confuse dental patients because they may not know what it means. In simple terms, it’s a regular treatment where a dentist cleans deeply around and under your gums to stem the effects of periodontal disease.

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About Periodontal Therapy Toronto

Periodontal disease is typically associated with older people since it affects them more than younger people. However, periodontal disease is the medical term for advanced gum disease and it could affect anyone for many different reasons. Periodontal disease can happen due to poor oral health care to taking medications that cause tooth and gum decay.

With periodontal disease, gums pull away from teeth and began to recede. This can expose tooth roots causing bacteria to enter and cause infections. It can also result in tooth loss.

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We provide exams and x-rays to see the cause of the pain. Our capable staff will provide you with immediate relief and schedule additional appointments to resolve the problem.

Bentway Dental offers complete dental care so we can address any dental issue you have that caused the pain, whether it’s cosmetic dentistry to fix a chipped or broken tooth, an infection that may require a root canal, implants, or multiple teeth problems.

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Defining Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal therapy is an all-encompassing term to define many treatments that fight gum disease. It can be as minimal as deep teeth cleaning to as invasive as gum surgery.

The most common form of periodontal therapy is also known as root scaling and planing. This is often part of a deep teeth cleaning process where a dentist or hygienist removes hardened calculus and plaque that is found below the gumline. Removing this also eliminates bacteria that lead to tooth decay, tooth, and bone loss.

What Happens During Treatment

This type of treatment doesn’t require any type of anesthesia and can be done in about two hours or less. Some severe cases may require local anesthesia but most only require a topical numbing medicine on the gums where the dentist and hygienists are working.

The goal is the clean the spaces, or pockets, between the gum and teeth. Spaces are created when gums start receding and those are areas where bacteria can enter and cause decay or infection. Cleaning these areas prevents bone damage.

Your gums may feel slightly sore after this type of procedure but most don’t require prescription pain medicine. An over-the-counter pain reliever can relieve the pain. Another thing to note about this type of treatment is that it may not be done all in one visit. Some dentists or periodontists will only do a quarter or half of your teeth at a time to reduce inconvenience and pain.

There are several reasons for periodontal therapy. It’s used to keep natural teeth, gums, and gum tissues, and to prevent future infections or gum deterioration. It also has the side benefits of improving comfort, the look of a smile, as well as teeth and mouth function.

Most dentists and periodontists recommend people with these issues come back for periodontal cleanings four times a year to prevent bone and tooth loss.Generally, there are no food restrictions after you have this procedure although it may feel more comfortable to you to eat softer foods for a day or two until your gums move back into place. You should also stay away from acidic foods like sodas, juices, and alcoholic beverages. They can irritate your gums.

Four types of periodontal cleaning exist. The prophylax cleaning is the first type with scaling as the second. Then, there are periodontal maintenance cleanings and gross debridement.Gross debridement is when plaque and calculus are removed for the dentist to fully perform an oral examination. This is usually done when the hygienist sees it’s needed before the first exam by the dentist. Unlike some of these other procedures, a qualified hygienist can do a gross debridement.

Periodontal Surgery

One of the treatments available for periodontic issues is gum surgery. Surgery is required for those who have severe gum disease that has damaged bone, destroyed teeth, or limited their function.

This type of surgery usually takes a couple of hours to complete. This could require some type of anesthesia so you will need someone to drive you home afterward, unless the surgeon uses a local anesthetic to numb the area.

Gum surgery typically involves invasive cleaning. This is a common procedure where the surgeon makes cuts to your gum to lift the tissue back to clean better. The surgeon removes bacteria and tartar from under the gums and around the tooth. Then, they suture the tissue back so it attaches to your teeth.

There will be some soreness after the surgery but you will be given medications, which likely will include an antibiotic to prevent infection. Your periodontist will also give you instructions for post-surgical care.

Other Periodontal Therapy Options

Periodontal therapy options include other types of surgeries like gum grafting and periodontal plastic surgery. There is also periodontal laser treatment and crown lengthening surgery. Dental implants, where a permanent false tooth replaces a natural tooth that’s been extracted, are also considered part of periodontal restorative therapy.

All of those are part of advanced periodontal treatment and are used for those with severe cases. The option chosen depends on the extent of the severity of your case and health risk factors, which could involve getting clearances from any of your medical doctors before getting dental treatment.

The important part is to continue with your treatment and maintenance plan to keep periodontal disease under control. That will help you stop tooth loss and improve gum health.

Getting Treatment

Those who suffer from periodontal disease should talk to their dentist or periodontist about options. The earlier you get started in treatment will mean fewer invasive procedures will be needed and will increase chances of success.

Your periodontist will be able to create a treatment plan where you can save teeth and promote better oral care.

Periodontal Therapy

About Periodontal Therapy

Many times, pain or broken teeth require two or more appointments to correct. The standard protocol of dental care is to provide immediate antibiotics and pain relief until your second appointment when more procedures are scheduled. We don’t delay those appointments and will get you back into our office fast so your dental needs are properly addressed.

Emergency care isn’t something you plan on financially either. Our office accepts insurance, and various forms of payments and can help you find financing options. You don’t need to live with an emergency dental problem out of fear you can’t afford to fix it.

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