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  • 9 March 2016

  • Aesthetic and functional dentistry

Periodontal treatments

Periodontitis is a condition that affects the supporting structures of the teeth; it is caused by the accumulation of tartar and bacteria in the area between the teeth and gums. Over time, the bacteria release aggressive toxins that cause the gum to detach from the root and lead to bone loss.

In the end, the surrounding tissues are so damaged that tooth strength is compromised, which can even lead to tooth loss. Many factors can contribute to this condition, including smoking, poor diet, immune system problems and poor dental hygiene. It only takes the bacteria in the mouth 24 hours to form the highly structured film known as dental plaque.

Dental plaque plays an instrumental role in the onset of periodontitis; without plaque, the condition would not exist.

Periodontitis can harm other parts of the body as well. Several studies have clearly shown how this bacteria contributes to certain heart problems and other serious conditions like premature childbirth and diabetic complications. Periodontal scaling is a simple intervention to remove tartar buildup under the gums. This type of scaling can also eliminate deposits not visible to the naked eye. Different instruments are used for scaling. Some are manual, while others use ultrasound. Sometimes, deposits are so deeply attached that surgery is required. A local anesthetic is administered, then the gum is moved to provide a clear view of the deposits to be dislodged. Depending on the amount of tartar to be removed, the procedure can take place over several visits so as not to anesthetize too large a surface.

Following this kind of treatment, it is important to return for the scaling follow-ups recommended by your dentist. A visit every three months is usually advised.

One thing is certain: no matter which method is involved, tissue healing is directly related to your daily habits, meaning proper flossing and brushing, and eating healthy foods.

Make an appointment with a Lapointe Dental Centres professional to discuss which options are available to you.

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