Your gums play a vital role in your oral health. The gums, jawbone, and surrounding ligaments are all essential to the health and performance of your mouth, which also significantly affects your overall health and well-being.Gum disease is simply the infection of these tissues that surround and support your teeth. So, if you begin to see indications of unhealthy gums, it can be scary and stressful. Signs of periodontic trouble include red and bloody gums, loose teeth, and gums that have pulled away from teeth. If you’re worried about the health of your gums, the good news is that, with prompt and effective treatment, your gums can be greatly improved and even healed.
West Toronto’s Caledonia Crosstown Dental Centre offers comprehensive periodontics care for your gums:
You’ve likely heard the term “scaling” at the dentist’s before: it’s the name for the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth that occurs at every visit with the dental hygienist. Periodontic scaling occurs on a deeper level, removing plaque and tartar deposits below the gumline. This deep scaling is needed in order to remove bacteria and diseased tissue and promote healing. Root planing is the same process, but this time on the roots of the teeth.
Your dentist will try to preserve the natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes, gum disease loosens or damages a tooth or tooth root beyond repair. In these cases, the tooth will be extracted to allow the tissue to heal and to prevent affecting the surrounding teeth.
A tooth sits in its own space in the jawbone, but when a tooth is removed, the hole in the jawbone that is left is known as a socket. Over time, the alveolar ridge (the bone in which the socket sits) can begin to collapse, which results in shrinking and a noticeable change in the look of the mouth and cheeks, as well as putting an end to any hope of restoration. With ridge and socket preservation, the dentist preserves the socket and minimizes bone loss by filling the empty space with a material to promote healing and prevent collapse. Preserving the ridge and socket not only makes a difference in your appearance, it also retains the jaw structure so that restoration options like bridges or implants can be considered.
Preventing gum disease can be as simple as maintaining your oral hygiene and making certain to come in for your scheduled dental appointments, so be sure to see your dental team at Caledonia Crosstown regularly. But if you do need periodontic treatment, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands, and we’ll do everything we can to preserve your gums and oral health.