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How we stop progressive gum disease in its tracks; restore a healthy and balanced gum line

There are many opportunities for Brampton Dental Arts to “catch” and intervene with progressive gum disease. Additionally, Dr. Azeem Sheikh has considerable expertise in providing a wide range of periodontal (gum) therapies in-house. Dr. Sheikh of Brampton, Ontario, is as adept at resolving and reversing the effects of early-stage inflammation or gingivitis as he is at getting rid of the infection that characterizes advanced periodontitis.

Staying ahead of gum disease

The gums surround and protect the teeth. They should generally be pink-red and firm. They do not feel tender when touched or bleed when a toothbrush or floss comes in contact with them. As disease takes hold, the gums may appear inflamed. Other symptoms of gingivitis may be subtle or not present at all and can include dusky or darker than usual gums and the “pink in the sink” mentioned above related to gingival bleeding. 

At this stage, we can reverse the effects of the disease. Your gums can be restored to their health with changes to home care and the addition of products like antibacterial rinses. Dr. Sheikh may also “prescribe” the deep cleaning alternative to the “standard” dental cleaning or prophy (Scaling and Root Planing).

This non-surgical procedure is also appropriate for some earlier-stage cases of periodontitis. Advanced gum disease is further defined by a severe infection. At this stage, the soft tissues around the teeth break down. Without prompt treatment, periodontitis can also erode the supportive bone. Once these tissues are gone, they are gone for good unless we regenerate them. Dr. Sheikh provides an array of surgical therapies to heal the gums and rebuild deteriorated or lost soft and hard tissue(s).

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Topical or oral antibiotics help clear the infection, while surgical techniques may be used to encourage natural healing and restore the gums and supportive bone. Treatment recommendations are tailored to your needs; for instance, those who have lost gum tissue may benefit from Dr. Sheikh’s sophisticated “tunnel technique.” This approach to gum grafting involves sliding the donor tissue (graft) into a small opening. Surgical adhesive or sutures are then used to anchor the tissue. This process may further be complemented by the use of AlloDerm®, a human tissue derivative that unlocks the body’s natural regenerative capabilities.

Your teeth are only as healthy as their supportive gums and tissues. Give them the attention and care that they deserve! If it has been a while since your last recall appointment, or you are worried about a change in the look or feel of your gums, contact Brampton Dental Arts today! 

Our Brampton, ON team is here to help you promptly and with trusted care. Phone us at (905) 581-3726.

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Dr. Azeem Sheikh - Brampton Dental Arts

Dr. Sheikh graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2003, and has been practicing dentistry in the Greater Toronto Area for over 15 yrs. His main goal has been to focus on providing patients with all aspects of dental treatment, from basic dentistry (fillings, root canals, crowns), all the way to complex surgeries including wisdom tooth extractions, gum grafting and dental implants. Dr. Sheikh has placed over 4000 implants at a success rate of 99% and works with other dentists and denture clinics to provide various surgical procedures for their patients also! In addition to operating his practice, he is an international lecturer and Key Opinion Leader on Soft Tissue Management (non-surgical gum treatment program) for DenMat. He is also the Course Director for the HiOssen Master Implant Training Program, a program that trains dentists on how to perform implant surgeries on their own patients. He has also lectured for other large organizations including the Halton Peel Dental Association, Smiles First Academy and Straumann on varying topics including Implant Treatments and Case Presentation. Lastly, he is the founder of the Ontario Dental Implant Network (, featuring courses and Live Surgery mentorship to over 55 dentists across the Greater Toronto Area. If you are looking for a new dentist – look NO FURTHER!

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