The Canadian Dental Association warns that gum disease can lead to serious health complications. Not only can gum disease cause you to lose teeth and suffer damage to your gums; research suggests that left unchecked, it can lead to serious health problems for the rest of your body.
Gum disease can be prevented by proper dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular professional scaling and cleaning. However, even with the best precautions gum disease can occur and you will need to see a periodontist. A periodontist is a dentist with specialised training in treating gum disease and restoring tissue lost because of gum disease.
Log Home Dental has an in-house periodontist, so if you need treatment for gum disease we can treat you in our office so you won't need to travel to a specialist.
If plaque has extended to above your gum line, we can remove it by scaling and root planing, which are methods to clean the root. This will prevent the plaque from causing infections in your gums.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to extract a tooth. We perform this procedure as painlessly as possible and offer post-extraction care and consultation on socket care and replacement options.
After a tooth is extracted, the bone and tissue around the tooth can be affected. We provide treatments that will strengthen the ridge of jawbone near the extraction site, and we can also fill the empty socket to keep it from collapsing.
Frenectomy is the removal of excess connective tissue inside your mouth, such as the small piece of tissue that holds your tongue to the floor of your mouth or the piece between your upper lip and upper jaw. It is used when these tissues cause you discomfort.
Gum disease can result in deterioration of bone tissue. We can build up lost bone tissue to restore the natural contours of your jaw and gums.
Sometimes when we want to place an implant in your upper jawbone, it's necessary to augment the bone tissue with bone grafts to provide a solid anchor for the implant.
In areas where you've lost bone tissue, we can rebuild the area by grafting on new bone tissue.
If you've lost gum tissue or you are suffering from reducing gums, we can restore the lost tissue by grafting new gum tissue over the area.
Infection around the roots of your teeth can create small "pockets" in your gum tissue. Food and bacteria can get lodged in these pockets and cause further infections. This procedure reduces the depth of these pockets to prevent this from happening.
Flap procedures include any procedures where we cut away gum tissue to access your jaw bones or the roots of your teeth. Essentially we cut a small "flap" in your gum, and then restore the flap with sutures when we are finished.
Crown lengthening us used to correct a "gummy" smile caused by your gums being too low on your teeth. We can make your teeth appear longer by reducing the gums to expose more of your crowns.