You’ve just come home from the dentist and their words are ringing in your ears: you have periodontal disease.
Sure, the diagnosis could be worse, but knowing this doesn’t stop your mind from racing and jumping to the worst possible conclusion.
Take a deep breath and know that you are not alone. In fact, 7 in 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. New treatment makes it easier to live with so that you don’t have to worry about your diagnosis.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins when plaque builds up at the edge of your gums, often dipping below the visible edge. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, the plaque builds up and turns into a substance called tartar, also called calculus. The tartar starts a bacterial infection where it attaches. When this happens, the result is gingivitis.
As it gets more serious, small pockets of infection start to develop. If left untreated, the infection destroys the gum tissue, putting you at risk of losing one or more teeth.
Is There a Cure for Gum Disease?
Periodontal diseases have been a point of contention for a long time. Dental professionals grew tired of the lack of treatment options and developed a plan for treating gum disease: a fibrous membrane that acts as a restorative wall between the teeth and gums. Since the issue stems from plaque buildup, the membrane prevents plaque from attaching to the tooth root.
While the treatment may seem promising, it is not ready for public use yet. Researchers are still looking to develop a membrane that would contribute to periodontal tissue regeneration and be absorbed by the body once healing is complete.
How Can I Treat Gum Disease?
If you experience bleeding while brushing or flossing, constant bad breath, and receding gums, you may have gum disease. In order to know for sure, it is important that you contact your dentist to get a proper diagnosis.
If you’ve already been diagnosed, one of the treatment options commonly offered is laser treatment, which deeply cleans between your teeth and gums, removes bacteria, and allows your gums to regrow over your teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment in Ottawa
Whether you’re worried you have it or you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Andrea Stevens will help you figure out your next steps.