If you have been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, our periodontist and his team at Hazeldean Dental Group in Kanata can help you control the disease and prevent it from progressing in most cases.
How do we diagnose gum disease?
Periodontal (Gum) Disease may show no symptoms in its early stages. We may perform an examination through x-rays and a periodontal probe to measure bone levels around the teeth. When bone levels fall, the gums pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket.
Early periodontal disease will cause pockets to form. Healthy gums are tight against the teeth, and there aren’t any pockets. In general, the deeper the pockets, the greater the spread of periodontal disease.
Your x-rays tell us a lot about your periodontal disease. In a healthy mouth, the bone will come up high around the neck of the tooth and it’s even throughout the mouth. In advanced periodontal disease, the bone level is much lower than in the healthy mouth.
Bleeding is a sign of infection—remember, healthy gums don’t bleed! We will examine the colour and shape of your gums to ensure they look and feel healthy.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, we can help you control the disease and often prevent it from progressing.
Treatment involves a combination of root planing, new home-care techniques, more frequent dental cleanings, and in severe cases, surgery.
Delaying treatment will never make periodontal disease go away. Periodontal disease is an ongoing, degenerative condition.
Bone lost never grows back. If too much bone is lost, teeth get loose and have to be removed. This means you may end up wearing partial dentures, or even full dentures.