Abbotsford, BC’s Trusted Provider of Periodontal Treatment
Have a Question for Medora Dental Care about Gum Disease?
Hearing the news you have gum disease is certainly distressing. However, Medora Dental Care wants you to be aware of all of your options for periodontal treatment. Periodontal disease is very common throughout Canada and the United States, and your Abbotsford, BC dentist can help. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed, or you suspect you may be developing gum disease, it’s reasonable to have lots of questions about treatment. Medora Dental Care is here to answer your questions about this prevalent condition.
Q: What is Periodontal Disease?
Many of our Abbotsford patients harbor misconceptions about periodontal disease. This is totally understandable with all of the misinformation readily available on the internet. In short, periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It damages your teeth’s support structure and can lead to extractions. There are two categories of periodontal disease. The first, gingivitis, is less severe but may eventually develop into the second, more serious, category periodontitis. Because the periodontal disease may begin with few symptoms and develop into a severe, structurally damaging condition, it’s crucial to visit your dentist at Medora Dental Care for regular checkups.
Q: What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Although the onset of gum disease often shows few symptoms, you will start to notice some as the disease progresses. These depend on the stage and of your periodontal disease (whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis). Most of the patients we see at Medora Dental Care have many of the following symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to warm or cold foods and drinks
- Painful chewing and eating
- Visibly receding gums
- Swollen gums
- Shifting teeth
- Loose or missing teeth
Q: What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease has numerous causes. Plaque buildup as a result of too few dental cleanings is a common culprit of the condition. Left unchecked, plaque and bacteria inflame and damage the gums, leading to infection. Many of the patients we treat at Medora Dental Care have tartar, which is hardened plaque buildup, they need to be removed. Tartar further increases your risk for periodontitis and needs treatment from your Abbotsford dentist. Like with plaque, leaving tartar unaddressed leads to a slew of problems, including bone and tooth loss.
Q: How Do Dentists Treat Periodontal Disease?
Your family dentist in Abbotsford, BC can offer several treatment methods for your periodontal disease. At Medora Dental Care, we often recommend scaling and root planing. This periodontal treatment doesn’t involve surgery and uses “deep cleaning” techniques to remove plaque and tartar. Much like a standard dental cleaning, your dentist will scrape along the gum line, but they will also smooth the root surface. This practice reduces the bacteria on the tooth, decreasing the chance of decay and damage. In some cases, gum disease needs surgical periodontal treatment to be effective. If a patient has significant bone loss, Medora Dental Care typically suggests periodontal surgery.
Q: Is Periodontal Treatment Painful?
Good news! Despite a reputation for pain and discomfort, periodontal treatment doesn’t generally hurt. You may have slight discomfort, similar to when you receive a root canal, but our team strives to be as gentle as possible. At Medora Dental Care, it’s our goal to make your visit to our Abbotsford office as painless as possible.
Q: Do I Have to Get Periodontal Treatment?
The team at Medora Dental Care highly recommends seeking prompt treatment for all stages of periodontal disease. Although the initial symptoms may not seem severe, they often develop into something more serious. As time goes on, sufferers of periodontal disease may need a tooth extraction and are at increased risk for heart attack or stroke as the disease progresses. The periodontal disease puts your outward appearance at risk as well. The loss of teeth changes your smile, and the deteriorating bone in your face may change your shape. Chewing and speaking become more difficult as the periodontal disease worsens, greatly hampering your quality of life. Because of these risks, we encourage our Abbotsford patients to get started on treatment as soon as possible.
Q: Will I Need Further Dental Care After Treatment?
Periodontal treatment is typically an ongoing process to prevent the disease from coming back. Generally, your Abbotsford dentist will recommend special mouthwashes and toothpastes designed to fight periodontitis. In follow-up visits, your dentist will take special care to remove any tartar and plaque buildup occurring in the meantime. Other than this “maintenance therapy,” patients at Medora Dental Care rarely need additional dental visits, besides regular checkups of course. Concerned you may need periodontal treatment? Don’t fret—contact Medora Dental Care to schedule a prompt appointment.