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Periodontal Care & Treatment Airdrie

Periodontal CareA periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and gingival recession. More recently, their scope of work has broadened to include the placement and maintenance of dental implants.

Periodontal disease or gingivitis is an ongoing inflammatory infection that can damage the body in many ways. Not only does the bacteria create inflammation in other parts of the body such as arthritis and asthma, but they break down the support for your natural teeth as well. If this bacterium is left unattended it forms colonies within a sticky layer called biofilm or plaque. Bacterial biofilms are stubborn and generally resistant to antibiotics so they can create quite a problem. If left unattended these bacteria grow and become bonded to tooth surfaces, especially the gap between the teeth and gums. This is the plaque that your hygienist takes off during your hygiene visit and is one reason these visits are so important for your oral and overall health.

Periodontal TreatmentsPatients who are susceptible to inflammatory diseases, including diabetes and heart disease may also be susceptible to periodontal disease. It is possible that through the reduction of inflammation in the mouth, patients see improvement in other inflammatory responses within the body. There is growing evidence that active inflammation of a pregnant woman’s gums may have a negative effect on the term of her pregnancy and may lead to her baby being of lower weight when born.

Periodontal disease, if caught in its early stages, (gingivitis) can be successfully managed. If your gums bleed when flossing or brushing you have an infection that should be looked at by a dentist and hygienist. Together they will help you create a plan to manage the disease and therefore reduce the impact on your oral and overall health. Call today to make your appointment with one of our amazing team members.

Preventative Dental Hygiene

At Sierra Dental, we recognize that your periodontal health is of the utmost importance. The long-term condition of your teeth and any restorative treatment depends on stable, healthy gums, and supporting bone. Every person’s situation is unique and we believe strongly in the design and implementation of a program that will most effectively address the individual needs of our patients.

Your doctor and hygienist will discuss their findings, as well as your diagnosis and prognosis. Combining their clinical findings with your priorities, they will recommend a tailored periodontal treatment plan and work with you to maintain ideal oral health and achieve your goals.

The best way to maintain health and prevent gum disease is thorough daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop periodontal disease as it is largely a result of genetic predisposition. As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting tissues that hold the teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss. In addition to tooth loss, moderate or severe periodontal disease also poses a threat to overall health by increasing risk of cardiovascular disease, by complicating the management of diabetes, and even predisposing unborn babies to pre-term birth and low birth weight. Unfortunately, once periodonatal disease begins, professional intervention is almost always necessary to prevent its progression.

Should I see a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease including surgical techniques such as bone grafting, gum grafting, and the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the management of oral inflammation. They receive extensive training in these areas, including a minimum of three additional years of education beyond dental school. Although periodontists often deal with management of destructive disease, they are also specialists in performing elective cosmetic periodontal procedures such as crown lengthening.

Many patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by their general dentist and dental hygienist; however, moderate or severe gum disease should generally be managed by a periodontist. Furthermore, in cases where it is complicated by the effects of heart disease, diabetes, smoking, or other health problems, effective periodontal treatment may necessitate the greater understanding and expertise of a trained specialist. Often times patients, are best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist; having all of your dental providers under one roof allows them the luxury of discussing your case in person to develop comprehensive treatment options that address your needs and desires.

At Sierra Dental we are firmly committed to helping you enjoy your teeth for a lifetime, therefore recommendations regarding disease management are made in view of helping you achieve your optimum periodontal health. Although we realize that many of our patients are covered by insurance plans which place limitations on the amount and frequency of dental care, our top priority is always to do what best ensures your health and addresses your goals. Therefore, we recommend treatment without regard to insurance coverage. If this raises a financial concern for you, please advise us so that financial arrangements may be discussed before treatment is rendered.

At Sierra Dental, we place great emphasis on prevention and our qualified staff takes pride in providing the best available care. We will gladly answer any questions you may have!


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