Gum disease is a progressive condition that can cause problems like gum sensitivity and eventual tooth loss.
We offer periodontal procedures that can alleviate your discomfort and help prevent serious dental problems.
See why patients throughout Vancouver, BC, choose Enlighten Dental for comfortable and effective holistic care.
The Progression of Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, a condition in which the gums appear swollen and red. You may also notice bad breath, sensitivity, bleeding along the gum line, and gum recession. Gingivitis is often easily reversible with a good at-home oral care routine and regular trips to the dentist.
When left untreated, gingivitis turns into advanced periodontal disease. During this stage, the condition damages soft and hard tissues. You may experience chronic bad breath, loose teeth, and tooth loss. This form of gum disease can require tissue grafting and other advanced treatments.
Treating Gum Disease
Antibiotics can eliminate the bacteria in your mouth that's causing your periodontal disease. Antibiotics, in combination with at-home oral care and regular dental appointments, are sometimes enough to reverse mild gum disease.
Deep cleaning is a procedure in which plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gumline. The tooth roots are then smoothed to encourage healthy reattachment to the gums. This procedure can treat mild to moderate gum disease.
Ozone therapy can eliminate bacteria in periodontal pockets, prevent dangerous microorganisms from entering the bloodstream during procedures, and promote healing. Ozone therapy is often used in combination with laser gum surgery.
Laser Gum Surgery
Our lasers can be used to perform minimally invasive gum surgery. During this procedure, a laser removes infected gum tissue without damaging any surrounding healthy tissue, breaks down bacteria to prevent future infection, and promotes tissue growth.
Addressing Damage After Periodontal Disease
If your periodontitis has progressed to the point where teeth have fallen out, our dentists have solutions. Dental implants can replace tooth roots and support restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures to complete your smile. Our Vancouver office is equipped to handle any stage of tooth loss.
"Patients throughout Vancouver, BC, choose Enlighten Dental for comfortable, effective, and holistic care."