Periodontal surgery options to heal gums and to avoid tooth loss, Courtesy of ClearCare Periodontal and Implant Centre
Periodontal or gum disease is highly preventable. Generally, conservative recommendations are made first to restore periodontal health. These interventions might include personalized oral hygiene modifications and nonsurgical “deep cleaning” or scaling and planing. Patients with more advanced forms of gum disease may benefit from periodontal surgery performed by Dr. Hoda Hosseini at ClearCare Periodontal & Implant Centre.
Periodontal disease: a progressive condition
Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that constantly forms on your teeth. When it is not removed properly with a toothbrush and floss, plaque builds up and hardens to become tartar. Plaque and tartar erode the tooth structure as well as the gingival tissue that supports the teeth. Without appropriate treatment, spaces between the teeth and gums grow increasingly larger. Those periodontal pockets may be measured to determine the “stage” or extent of gum disease. Below is an example of what the measurements reflect:
- One to three millimeters – Healthy gums
- Four millimeters – A red flag which may indicate the presence of early-stage periodontal disease (gingivitis).
- Five or six millimeters – Moderate periodontitis /gum disease may be present.
- Six to eight millimeters – Advance periodontitis is most likely present.
Early-stage inflammation or gingivitis can be resolved with oral hygiene modifications and with scaling and root planing, as a thorough alternative to routine professional cleanings. More advanced gum disease or patients whose periodontal health has not been restored with nonsurgical techniques may benefit from surgical options such as:
- Resective treatment or periodontal pocket reduction – Tissue is folded back to remove bacteria and reduce the spaces between the gums and the teeth.
- Regenerative treatment – To regenerate destroyed supporting bone structure around teeth, the defect is cleaned and packed with regenerative material.
The path to periodontal wellness starts with an evaluation by our skilled periodontist. Call (204) 421-9236 to schedule your appointment at ClearCare Periodontal & Implant Centre.