Gum Disease Treatment in Grande Prairie Alberta
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common ailment that affects many adult patients. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In many cases, proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits will be enough to prevent gum disease from developing or recurring.
At Boisson Dental Group, our team has successfully treated many patients in all stages of periodontal disease. We work with patients to help them maintain healthy gums and teeth following treatment.
Gum disease often begins as gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when plaque has been allowed to build up on and around the teeth. Symptoms of gingivitis include swollen, red and bleeding gums. However, symptoms can be silent in the early stages of gingivitis or gum disease. Often times patients won’t feel any discomfort, or they will ignore symptoms until the disease has progressed.
If caught in its early stages, gum disease can often be treated by a deep cleaning, or a scaling and root planing. This will get rid of the plaque, bacteria and debris on the teeth and below the gum line, and will give the gums and tissues a chance to heal. In more severe cases, where there is already damage to the teeth and gums caused by periodontal disease, oral surgery may be necessary. Sometimes gum disease can cause the gums to recede. A gum graft may be necessary to restore the lost gum tissue and ensure that the roots of the teeth are covered by a protective layer of soft tissue.
After treatment, it’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing and flossing to keep plaque and tartar buildup at bay. We advise that you come in twice a year for a cleaning and exam. During the exam, Dr. Boisson will check your gums and bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. This way, action can be taken early on, and less aggressive treatments will be needed to reverse the gum disease. If you are in the Grande Prairie area, contact us to book an appointment. We have helped many patients in the Grande Prairie area successfully treat and prevent gum disease.