Specialist in gum disease treatment discusses strategies to restore oral health and well-being

As a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting the gums, board-certified periodontist Dr. Hoda Hosseini is well-positioned to restore the health and appearance of gum tissue wracked by disease. Prompt and effective gum disease treatment is a must since this condition is progressive. The effects of gum disease can be reversed in its earlier stages and conservative oral hygiene modifications may be all that is required to resolve the disease. As gum disease progresses however, it degrades the supportive tissue and causes teeth to become loose. Eventually, bone is lost, and the tooth may need to be extracted.

Nonsurgical options

If you have systemic conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or other risk factors for gum disease, it is critical to maintain recall appointments at the specialist’s office. Early-stage disease or gum inflammation known as “gingivitis”, is often asymptomatic or produces subtle symptoms. Dental professionals can detect changes that require prompt treatment. In addition to recommending specific oral care products or changes to your hygiene, Dr. Hosseini may suggest a deep cleaning that is more extensive than routine hygiene cleanings. Scaling and root planing eradicates plaque, tartar, and bacteria from underneath the gum line. Additionally, planing cleans and smooths the root surface to encourage healing and healthy reattachment of the gums to the teeth.

Surgical treatment

Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease. At this stage, the pockets between the teeth and gums grow deeper. The supporting bone is also lost. Once that bone is gone, it cannot be restored on its own. Treatment is necessary to prevent the loss of natural teeth. Therapies might be “resective” in nature, reducing the depth of the periodontal pockets that harbor harmful bacteria by pulling back the gums and decreasing the thickness of inflamed tissue. Likewise, therapies might be “restorative”; tissues from your own body or other sources may be applied to replace lost gums and bone. These techniques support bone regrowth and healthy gum reattachment. Additionally, we will discuss medications that may be necessary to resolve infections.

By resolving gum disease effectively and quickly, we not only help our patients get back their beautiful and healthy smiles but, we also support whole-body health and wellbeing.

Numerous studies have linked periodontal disease to a range of systemic conditions including heart disease and poor diabetes control. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hosseini, call ClearCare Periodontal & Implant Centre at (204) 421-9236.

Gum disease video

The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. 

Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage but at this stage, the results are not reversible.  

Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth are destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed, depending on how advanced the disease has become, and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.