Periodontics & Gum Therapy in Winnipeg
Our Reflections Dental Health Centre dental team provides periodontal care for gum disease, places dental implants to replace missing teeth and conduct cosmetic gum procedures.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease—also known as periodontal disease—is the infection of the supporting tissues of your teeth. It is generally caused by poor oral hygiene habits. Without proper hygiene, plaque builds up on your teeth and hardens, eventually affecting your gums.
If not promptly treated, gum disease can cause a variety of health issues, including inflamed and bleeding gums, bacteria-filled pockets between your gums and teeth, receding gum lines and eventual loss of bone integrity.
Gum Disease Therapy
Periodontal treatment methods can depend on the type and severity of the disease. Our dental professionals will work with you to craft a treatment plan that is based on your own particular case.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, our dental team will recommend that you have regular dental examinations and preventive therapy, usually four times a year.
- Preventive Gum Therapy
If the disease is caught in the early stages, preventive therapy will be recommended.
Regular hygiene cleanings and exams are important for maintaining the health of your gums.
By practicing good oral hygiene at home and eating a balanced and healthy diet, you will be able to significantly reduce your chances of developing gum disease.
- Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
Patients with mild gum disease will be treated by a deep cleaning courtesy of their dental hygienist. This may be enough to reverse the effects of the disease.
The dental hygienist will scrape away the plaque and tartar around and below the gum line, and smooth out any rough areas left behind through a process called scaling and root planing.
- Surgical Gum Therapy
For patients with more advanced forms of gum disease, more invasive surgical treatments may be necessary to reverse it.
There are a few different types of surgical gum therapy such as gum grafting and bone grafting.
Cosmetic Gum Therapy
If your gums are too high or low on your teeth and you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you may be a good candidate for gum grafting surgery. This cosmetic dental procedure can help to even out your gum line if it is uneven, as well as reduce the perceived length of your teeth to give you a smile you can be proud of.
Placing Dental Implants
Periodontics also includes the placement of dental implants beneath the gum line as part of the process to replace missing teeth. Once a dental implant is placed, the gums have healed, and a tooth replacement is added, this procedure can provide a number of oral health benefits.