Are you at risk of developing gum disease? Risk factors include poor diet, smoking, stress, and infrequent dental hygiene. Gum disease can occur without symptoms, although common symptoms include sore or bleeding gums. Proper diagnosis and treatment require careful examination and treatment by a special dentist called a periodontist.
With an on-staff periodontist Comox Avenue Dental can help you detect the early signs of gum disease and provide necessary treatment to keep your gums healthy.
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical treatments to prevent gum disease. Scaling is a deep cleaning technique that removes tartar and plaque from your teeth to prevent infection. Root planing is a technique to smooth rough patches on your roots that can cause inflammation in your gums.
When a tooth becomes so damaged from decay, injury or infection that it begins to put your other teeth at risk it needs to be removed. We carefully extract teeth to minimize your discomfort and the risk of damage to your jaw.
When a tooth is extracted there is a risk that the bone tissue around the socket left by the extracted tooth might begin to deteriorate. To keep the socket from collapsing and causing further problems we preserve it by filling it with bone tissue or other material.
If you have been missing teeth for a long time or if you’ve suffered from gum or bone disease the ridges of your jaw can lose tissue. To restore the natural ridge for aesthetic reasons or to place a dental implant we can augment the ridge with transplanted bone tissue.
Sinus augmentation is the procedure used to prepare your upper jaw for dental implant placement. Sometimes the bone tissue between your upper jaw and your sinuses is too thin to support an implant safely so it needs to be strengthened by grafting transplanted bone tissue to the area.
Bone grafts use transplanted bone tissue to strengthen existing bone tissue or replace lost bone tissue in areas affected by injury or infection.
Gum grafting uses gum tissue transplants to make cosmetic improvements to your gums or to repair areas where gum tissue has been lost or damaged.
Tissue loss from gum disease can result in tiny “pockets” forming around your teeth. These pockets can grow deeper over time and can harbour harmful bacteria. Left untreated these bacteria can cause serious infection and the teeth could be lost.
By reducing the depth of these pockets we can reduce the chance of infection and preserve your teeth.
Flap procedures are when we make a small incision in your gums to clean an infection away from your tooth root. Once the infection is cleared we reattach the flap with sutures.
Sometimes the small pieces of connective tissue in your mouth, such as the ones connecting your cheeks to your gums, are too short and can cause discomfort. Frenectomy is the surgical removal or modification of this tissue to relieve this discomfort.
When a tooth is broken off or when a cavity needs to be filled, it’s necessary to ensure that there is enough of the tooth’s crown visible to support a crown or filling. In cases where there is not enough of the crown exposed we’ll surgically remove some gum tissue and expose more of the crown.