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Periodontal (Gum) Therapies

Almost 75% of adults may suffer from some degree of gum disease (periodontitis). Because it often goes unnoticed until the later stages. It has often been called a “silent epidemic” in North American culture.

Periodontal Disease affects the structures in the mouth that support the teeth. It’s sometimes called “gum disease” but it involves bone and other tissue too. This disease is often chronic. With periodontitis, infection and inflammation spread to the bone supporting the teeth. Ligaments break down and the gums may recede (shrink back). Pockets deepen and can be difficult to keep clean. Redness, swelling, and bleeding may develop or worsen. Bacteria multiply, and infection begins to destroy bone. As bone is destroyed, teeth may start to feel loose.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque – the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. Classic signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another sign of gum disease is gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance. Gum disease can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums, where plaque and food debris collect. Some people may experience recurring bad breath or a bad taste in their mouth, even if the disease is not advanced.

Treatment for gum disease can be surgical or non-surgical in nature. The goal of our Soft Tissue Management treatment program is not only to resolve the signs of inflammation, reduce pocket depths, bleeding and detectable plaque to a level associated with periodontal health, but also to gain and maintain overall health. Ideally we can halt the progression of the periodontal disease. Please call at York Lanes Dental for more information.

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FAQ

What is a Comprehensive Oral Exam?

A COE is like a physical for your head and neck. It is a thorough evaluation and documentation of your teeth, gums, jaw bones, lymph nodes, and jaw joints. It is the foundation of the routine check-up. Your course of treatment is determined as a result of this exam.

What is a Recare Exam?

A recare is exam is the check-up which determines any changes since the previous COE.

Why do I need to have x-rays?

Digital x-rays show areas not visible to the eye.

How often do I need to have a COE?

A COE is recommended every 3-5 years depending on your history. Your dentist will determine what is right for you.

Can I just have a cleaning without a exam?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth cleaned without having a check-up, but it is recommended that you see the dentist for a check-up every 6-9 months to catch problems early.