Have you recently been treated for gingivitis or periodontal disease? Do you consider yourself free of plaque and tartar? Regularly scheduled periodontal appointments are the best way to avoid future instances of gum disease. Stop by for scaling, planning, and polishing. We offer a variety of periodontal services to maintain your comfort. For healthy gums, contact our Calgary clinics.
ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic treatment in powder form used to treat periodontal disease. It is placed inside infected periodontal pockets once your scaling and root planing (SRP) is complete.
Canine Exposure for Orthodontics
Teeth (generally wisdom teeth and canine teeth) can be subject to impaction. In this situation, the tooth hasn’t been able to “erupt” as it is stuck in surrounding tissue or bone. An X-ray may be required to establish the impacted tooth’s position. The dentist will then cut a hole and use a dental brace to help guide the tooth into its correct position.
Our clinics perform biopsies on teeth and gums to determine if any threat of serious disease exists. If you have sores in your mouth that aren’t going away, we suggest stopping by for a quick examination.
Bone grafting is used to build up and strengthen your jawbone. It is frequently used in preparation for other dental procedures. Bone is taken from other areas of the mouth or harvested from bone banks if necessary.
When missing adult teeth are not replaced, the jawbone underneath deteriorates as a result. This deterioration complicates matters if you are interested in eventually getting an implant or dentures. It’s understandable that you may have to hold off filling in the space right away due to financial restraints. Ridge augmentations lift the gum to expose defective areas of the bone. The dentist uses a bone-like material to restore the affected area.
If you end up losing your posterior teeth (the back teeth), the remaining incisors and canines may end up having to endure additional pressure. Sinus augmentation (a sinus lift) is a surgical procedure that increases the bone in the upper jaw to stabilize and support this area. The process creates a workable space for a future dental implant.
If a tooth cannot be restored using a crown, it may be necessary to lower the gum line. Bone lengthening, as it is known, exposes more of the tooth, providing the dentist with additional leeway for correction.
This minor surgical procedure removes the frenulum, in this case, the muscular tissue connecting the lip to the gums, or the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If the frenulum is too short or too thick, problems can develop affecting speech, tooth alignment, as well as breastfeeding in infants. The procedure is quick and no stitches are required.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum disease is an all-too-common infection that leads to tooth loss in many Canadians. Plaque on your gums hardens to become tartar. Left untreated, this tarter will attack the gum line resulting in gingivitis. Periodontitis is the extreme version of gingivitis that destroys not only the gum tissue holding your teeth in but the bone as well. Consistent bad breath and bleeding gums are an indication that you should book an appointment to see us right away.
Scaling and Root Planing
Neglected plaque and tarter allows bacteria to thrive in your mouth. It won’t be long before gingivitis sets in causing your gums to bleed. In order to ward off this degenerative disease, dentists recommend scaling and planning, sooner rather than later. Scaling removes tartar from the tooth surface and root planing smoothes the root’s surface to eliminate further infection.
Soft Tissue/Gum Grafting
When significant gum recession occurs, the soft, exposed root of your tooth becomes vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. A soft tissue graft restores the gum level by removing soft tissue from the roof of your mouth or repositioning gum tissue from neighbouring teeth.
Does your jaw feel off or lopsided? Occlusal adjustments correct the alignment of your bite to eliminate irregular pressure. It is important that your teeth meet properly. This adjustment is made using a drill and filing stone. A computer scan records your bite registrations allowing the dentist to accurately pinpoint the exact location for adjustment.
Periodontal Splitting (Weak Teeth)
Loosing teeth as a child can be an exciting proposition; losing teeth as an adult isn’t as much fun. If you have loose teeth due to gum tissue loss, tooth misalignment, or an injury, periodontal splitting may just offer a solution. This procedure attaches teeth together using composite material for added stability and strength.
Osseous Surgery/Pocket Reduction
Gum pockets between the tooth and gum line are the result of periodontal disease. Not only are these gaps aesthetically unappealing, but they put your mouth at risk for future tooth and gum disease. Pocket reduction surgery can help thwart these issues.
Periodontal surgery allows the dentist to see the damage and remove the plaque and decayed tissue. Unfortunately, this process does leave an area that patients are unable to access with regular brushing and cleaning.