Providing Periodontal Therapy in Scarborough
Did you know that three out of four American adults today suffer from some level of periodontal disease? Also known as gum disease, this common disorder may exhibit only mild symptoms at first, but it can quickly lead to devastating consequences for your oral health if left untreated for too long. Here at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to provide your smile with the quality support it needs to be happy and healthy for life. That’s why Dr. Samantha Amaro offers several therapy options that can revitalize your gums, thoroughly remove disease-causing agents, and get you back to showing off your confident pearly whites as soon as possible.
What are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?
Here are some common signs & symptoms of periodontal disease that you can look for at home during your regular oral hygiene routine:
- Overly tender and/or swollen gum tissue
- Bleeding that occurs when brushing or flossing
- Teeth that appear longer (a sign that the gums are receding)
- Teeth that suddenly feel looser or even wobbly/a change in the structure of your bite
- Persistent bad breath that isn’t even helped by brushing/flossing/mouthwash
Of course, it’s important to remember that there are many cases of periodontal disease where noticeable symptoms don't manifest until the condition reaches a more advanced and dangerous stage. That’s why attending regular check-ups at our Scarborough, Ontario office is so crucial! Dr. Amaro and her team will be sure to inspect your mouth for the trickier signs of the disease during each appointment so that its presence can be caught and treated as early as possible.
How to Treat Gum Disease?
Depending on the severity of your case, we may recommend the following periodontal treatment options:
- More in-depth cleanings and increased focus on daily oral hygiene habits: This would be recommend in the early stages of gum disease. At this stage, more frequent visits to your dentist for deep cleanings plus increased oral hygiene at home can do the trick to alleviate infection.
Deep scaling and root planing: The non-surgical removal of tartar, plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line, as well as the smoothing of rough spots on root surfaces.
- Scaling: A procedure that uses dental instruments to remove plaque and calculus from the surface of the crown and root. Typically the dentist will use an ultasonic scaling tool specifically deisnged to remove the agents causing gum disease. If necessary, your dentist will also irrigate the area and use an antibacertial agent to help remove unwanted bacteria.
- Root Planing: After scaling is completed, your dentist will use root planing to remove cemetum and surface dentin that is compromised with unwanted microorganizms and tartar. This smooths the root's surface to promote fast healing.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP): Non-invasive surgical treatment with our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser. Laser Therapy for gum disease allows us to destroy infection below the gum line without disrupting healthy tissue and actually regenerate bone.
Contact Us to Learn More About Gum Disease
Contact our dental office in Scarborough today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment. At White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our team is fully committed to treating patients with comprehensive dental care that’s always respectful, kind, and truly exceptional in quality. We can’t wait to welcome you and your loved ones!