If you suffer from gingivitis or periodontal (gum) disease, Saddleback Dental Centre in Edmonton has treatment options to restore your oral health. Deep cleaning and root planing are the most common forms of non-surgical treatment and are used to begin periodontal care. If you have had these procedures, it’s important to be careful and diligent with dental hygiene care in the future.
If we determine that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be successfully treated with scaling and planing, we will recommend one of the surgical treatments listed below.
Pocket Reduction Procedures
When you have gum disease, supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming pockets around the teeth so the gums don’t fit snugly around your teeth any more. Over time, the pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around your teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue, resulting in bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will fall out or need to be extracted.
With a pocket reduction procedure from Saddleback Dental Centre, we fold back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria, then secure the tissue in place. If necessary, surfaces of the bone are smoothed in areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide.
There are many options to enhance support for your teeth and to restore your bone to a healthy level. The experienced Edmonton dentists at Saddleback Dental Centre can determine the best option for you. In addition to surgical removal of bacteria, we may assess that membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins would be effective to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue, reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of gum disease.
If your teeth appear short they may be covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, Saddleback Dental Centre will perform a procedure called crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth or several teeth to expose your beautiful smile.
Crown lengthening by our Edmonton dentists can be done for aesthetic reasons or to perform restoration work on a tooth that is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Soft Tissue Grafts
Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. In addition to being unattractive, this can result in sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids. Our experienced team can identify the factors that have caused the problem. It may be gum disease or simply just aggressive brushing. Once these factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft will repair your gums and help prevent additional recession and bone loss.
During this procedure, we take gum tissue from your palate or from another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth.