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Periodontal Therapy

What You Need To Know

You don’t necessarily have to lose your teeth as you age. Regular oral hygiene will go a long way in preserving your oral assets; mainly gums and teeth so that you can smile and eat with them throughout lifetime.However, despite your best efforts, and sometimes due to factors outside your control gum disease can set in. If not treated, it can hasten the loss of your teeth. That is why regular dental visits are important even if you have no dental complaints. A dental professional will be able to detect any early signs of gum disease. If your dentist finds any signs of gum disease, he or she may recommend periodontal therapy, or gum treatment.

While gum therapy may take different forms, the purpose is always to restore the health of your gums. Periodontal (gum) disease can start due to bacteria growing in dental plaque and causing gum inflammation. If unchecked, the disease can loosen the gum tissue over time. In advanced periodontal conditions gum and bone tissue holding the teeth is damaged and teeth may ultimately be lost. Treatment procedures will depend on the gum condition being treated. These can range from simple cleanings and root-planing to surgery and grafting of gum and bone tissue.

Periodontal Therapy Procedures

The following surgical and non-surgical procedures are usually adopted to ensure that you do not lose your teeth to gum disease:

periodontal-diseaseScaling and Root-Planing- These are called deep-cleaning techniques. These are the best starting point for treatment and control of gum disease. Plaque and tartar (hardened calculus) are removed from under the gum tissuemanually using hand scalers, and/or using ultrasonic instruments.

Gum Grafting-When gum or bone tissue has already been lost it can be replaced by grafting. Suitable tissue is ‘harvested’ from another part of the mouth, usually, the back of the palate, and applied where required. The graft soon integrates with the original bone structure. Graft material may also be obtained from a tissue bank which may be natural and synthetic. Such tissue has to be lab treated to make it acceptable to the body tissue.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery-Plastic surgery actually means surgical procedures for reshaping tissue and bone contours primarily for aesthetic purposes.

Periodontal Laser Treatment-lasers can also be used for periodontal treatment as alternative to conventional surgery. This will normally offer much less discomfort and cause less gum shrinkage.

Crown Lengthening Surgery- Thiskind of surgical procedures is employed in case a tooth structure is covered by gum and bone tissue needs to be exposed. The reason may be purely cosmetic (longer teeth-smile becomes less gummy), or to aid in fixing a new dental crown.

Dental Implants-If gum disease has progressed beyond treatment, the failed teeth need to be extracted and replaced with prosthetic teeth. Dental implants are the modern means of getting replacement teeth and dentures. A titanium post is screwed into the jaw bone under the gum flesh. The jaw bone gradually integrates with the metal to form a strong bond. A real-looking tooth crown is then placed on to this post to give the patient a replacement tooth which is almost like a natural tooth.

Your Role inPeriodontal Health

Your role in preventing gum disease in your mouth is crucial. The basic cause of gum disease, and indeed most dental problems is un-cleaned plaque. If you maintain good oral hygiene, chances of plaque formation leading to gum disease are reduced.  Brushing twice a day and flossing is the best contribution you can make. However, there is another very important duty to your teeth. You must visit the dentist at least twice a year for inspection even if you do not have any dental complaints.

Along with these routines, it is good to eat a nutritionally balanced diet with low sugar content. Abstention from tobacco will increase your chances of continuing to smile with your natural teeth.

For more information and free consultation

Please visit us at Burnaby Square Dental, our conveniently located office. Our professional Team will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and provide you with the best services if you choose to proceed.


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Burnaby Square Dental Website Update

Dear Valued Patients,

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: Our Commitment to Your Safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our patients and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our office follows up-to-date infection control recommendations made by the Canadian Dental Association, British Columbia Dental Association, College of Dental Surgeos of BC and the World Health Organization.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Including:

-Pre- screening of all patients prior to their appointment and again at the entrance of the office
-Temperature check for patients upon entry of the office
-We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. Please follow the instructions given by the receptionist before seeing our CDA.

Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all clinical and administrative staff, including surgical and N95 masks, face shield and gowns.

Daily temperature check for all staff.

Extra time scheduled between patient's appointments to allow thourough cleaning and disinfection of treatment rooms and equipment.

Due to social distancing measurments, we are not able to have our full reception team available, as a result, this may cause longer wait times on phones and we might not be able to confirm the validity of your insurance on your behalf. We recommend all patients confirm there have been no changes to their insurance plans over these uncertain times.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, staff and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office or use appointment request page here

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Burnaby Square Dental Team