Periodontal disease is very common in our culture. It affects the smiles and health of more than half of the adult population, and children are susceptible too. Fortunately, early stage gum disease can be reversed with professional treatment, and it is never too late to improve gum health. Dr. Azeem Sheikh utilizes modern treatment techniques to deliver comfortable, effective gum therapy for his Brampton, ON patients.
Gum disease is caused by harmful oral pathogens. These bacteria form a sticky film of plaque to trap their food source – sugars and starches – and keep saliva from flushing them away. As they multiply (quickly) and eat, they generate acidic excretions that irritate gum tissue. When plaque is not removed with frequent brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings, it hardens into tartar at the gum line triggering further irritation. At this stage of gingivitis, you may notice:
Without gingivitis treatment, gums pull away from teeth, exposing roots and forming periodontal pockets. Gum infection makes its way to ligaments and bone that hold teeth in position. As they deteriorate, teeth get loose and fall out (or you may have them extracted).
Do you offer Gum Disease treatment in your office?
If you have ever been brushing your teeth you may have noticed that there is bleeding and some patients may have noticed a strong odor and so they come to see us and it has been several months or years and we do an assessment which is similar to blood pressure.
We talk measurements of the gums that indicate to us whether there is something called gum disease.
What are the causes of gum disease?
Gum disease is when there are bacteria left in your mouth, and you are not able to reach all the areas of your mouth in particular underneath the gum. Then what happens is that bacteria start causing inflammation, which is the buzz word right now, it causes bleeding.
Gum bleed when you brush, floss and when it is left or is persistent patients start losing bone. When you lose bone that’s something that causees the tooth or teeth to become mobile and there are all signs of gum disease.
What is the goal of gum disease treatment at your practice?
The goal of our treatment and essence; as I mentioned very often it is uncomfortable and painful. Sometimes patients have to be frozen because it is very comfortable during the treatment.
We actually lecture for a company in Canada and the US on something called Soft Tissue Management. This is a non-surgical medicated cleaning whereby we are able to treat the disease and have the patient go on medication.
And after about four to six weeks we are able to resolve the disease and maintain the patient’s health so that this disease does not come back.
Who can be a good candidate for this procedure?
All patients are candidates depending on the level of disease. Some patients come in and things are going too far and the only option is the removal of teeth.
So our goal at our practice is, of course, to maintain the health and maintain patient’s teeth as our number one priority and we have been able to really help patients with that type of treatment. it is a very rewarding experience to be able to be a part of that process for them.
The hygiene team at Brampton Dental Arts follows a STM (Soft Tissue Management) program. While STM may provide swollen gums treatment and a gingivitis cure, the overarching objective is to resolve causes of inflammation. This allows the body’s natural healing processes to reduce pocket depth, re-establish seal of gums to teeth, halt progression of gum disease, and minimize risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream.
STM begins with a thorough cleaning. An ultrasonic scaler gently removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar from teeth. The hygienist then performs scaling and root planing, cleaning below the gum line and smoothing root surfaces. Periodontal pockets are irrigated with a warmed therapeutic formulation to hasten healing. The patient receives a motorized toothbrush and instructions for home use, as well as an antibacterial mouth rinse.
When a strong partnership is established between the dental team and patient, invasive flap surgery can often be avoided. Call (905) 581-3726 to get started improving the condition of your gums at Brampton Dental Arts.
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