Gum Treatment in Burlington
The gums contain all the tissues that surround the teeth and hold them into the bones of the jaws. Gum disease usually occurs when debris and plaque build up on the tooth surface over time, hardening into tartar. Tartar contains bacteria, which can lead to inflammation of the gums and surrounding bones.
Types of Gum Disease
The most common, and first stage of gum disease. Usually gingivitis is not painful, and the first signs are bleeding of the gums while brushing or flossing.
If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more serious gum infection that damages both the soft tissue, and bone that supports the teeth.
The later stages of periodontitis, in which the bone destruction has progressed significantly. In this stage, teeth can become loose, shift, or even fall out. This stage of gum disease is typically irreversible.
Mis-shapen or “Gummy” Smile
Sometimes, the gums tend to “overgrow” or sit too low on the tooth line creating the illusion of a “gummy smile”. This often happens following braces, and sometimes to women during and after pregnancy. Our office offers laser gum surgery prior to veneers, fillings, or other cosmetic options to reshape your gums to the optimal aesthetic outcome.
Signs of Gum Disease
Most common signs of gum disease include:
● Bleeding during brushing or flossing
● Gum recession (appearing as large black triangles between the teeth, or “long” roots)
● Gums that appear “puffy” or swollen
● Redness or purple colours appearing in the gums
● Loose or moving teeth
● Shifting or overlapping of teeth that was not previously noticed
● Bad breath
● Pain of the gums, “itchiness” or tenderness
The best way to address gum disease is to stop it before it happens! Early diagnosis and prevention during routine dental checkups are key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Having your teeth professionally scaled and cleaned at least 2-3 times per year will prevent tartar buildup, and reduce the occurence of gum disease for those who are prone to it.
Once gum disease has progressed, oftentimes, surgery and adjunctive treatments are necessary for treatment. We offer many types of gum treatments such as deep cleaning, laser gum therapy, and root medications.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease or want to recontour your gums for a better look, our dentists are available for consultation and examination. Healthy gums are the foundation of every smile. Contact us at One Family Dental so we can help you discover what solutions and options exist for your needs.