Your gums don't hurt, and you don't feel sick; you probably don't think that you could have gum (periodontal) disease. Unfortunately, the odds are not in your favor. Statistics show that four out of five adults experience some form of gum disease. Often, it goes unnoticed because the symptoms are so mild. The good news is that Burloak Centre Dentistry in Oakville offers comprehensive periodontal evaluation and treatment.
What Is Gum Disease?
Also called periodontal disease, this condition begins with bacteria infecting the gum tissue around the teeth. It causes the gums to loosen from the teeth, forming pockets where more bacteria collect. As it progresses, the infection deepens, eventually reaching the bone. Without treatment, it can lead to gum recession, decay, and eventual tooth loss. Gum disease can be treated at any stage, but the more it progresses the more damage it causes.
The symptoms of gum disease are subtle, and usually painless, while the true damage is occurring beneath the surface. The most common signs include:
- Discolored, tender, or puffy gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Pus around your teeth
- Loose teeth
The most appropriate treatment depends on the severity of the disease. After an evaluation, we will discuss your condition and treatment options. In the past, gum surgery was a common solution, but fortunately, that is rarely necessary today. We are committed to providing gentle effective treatments, and the infection can usually be controlled with a comprehensive gum therapy program.
We begin by gently cleaning the plaque and tartar from the tooth surface, including the root. Next, the surface is smoothed and polished, making it more difficult for bacteria to adhere. Topical medications, placed in the pockets around the teeth, helps kill bacteria and prevent re-infection. Although the process is very gentle and minimally invasive, sedation is always available for your comfort.
It is important to understand that gum therapy is not a once-and-done procedure. Although a single treatment should improve the condition, long-term success includes healthy hygiene habits
, professional teeth-cleanings, and additional treatment sessions as needed. It is a team effort between you, your dentist, and your hygienist. We want to work with you to help you achieve the healthy smile
, and healthy body that you deserve.
Call us at 905.581.4436 and schedule an appointment today. Evening and Saturday appointments are available, to ensure that great oral health fits into your busy schedule.