Periodontics in Estevan
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is common among adults and frequently goes unnoticed due to a lack of obvious symptoms such as pain. It occurs when your gums become infected due to a buildup of plaque and tartar and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Take a look at the treatments available to prevent further damage from periodontal disease.
The tissue that connects the underside of your lips to your gums is called the frenulum. If this tissue is too tight, it can cause deformations in your gum line, resulting in crooked or gapped teeth. When your teeth aren’t aligned properly, they’re more susceptible to gum disease. A frenectomy procedure removes this tissue to reduce the tension on your gums.
Scaling and Root Planing
This simple cleaning procedure is typically performed during your yearly checkups and professional cleaning. Your dentist uses special tools to scrape away hardened plaque and tartar from below the gum line. If left untreated, this plaque and tartar irritates your gums and allows bacteria to infiltrate below the gum line, causing infection and gum disease.
If your tooth has been compromised by a bacterial infection, the best thing to do is to safely remove it in order to stop the infection from spreading. After extracting the tooth we fill the socket with a composite material to prevent the collapse of the surrounding gum tissue. If you need to have a tooth extracted, there are many options available to you for artificial tooth replacement such as implants or bridges.
Keep your gums healthy. Book your next periodontics appointment today and help prevent gum disease.