Periodontal Surgery New Westminster

Periodontal is a broad term used to describe various diseases that affect the gums, bone and surrounding structures of the teeth. In 2001, The Guinness Book of World Records lists Periodontal Disease as the #1 disease affecting mankind. The most common types of adult periodontal disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis causes bleeding and reddening of the gums whereas periodontitis damages the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth.

A yearly evaluation is done by your dental hygienist using a periodontal probe to measure the depth of the space between your teeth and gums. Yearly x-rays are also recommended to see whether the bone is damaged. Depending on the disease progression, the following treatments are used:
  • More frequent cleaning interval
  • Scaling is done to scape off tartar and plaque from the tooth's crowns and roots
  • Root planing is done to smooth rough surfaces of the root and allow the gums to heal
  • Surgery may be needed in certain cases to properly treat the disease

Early detection is important in the treatment of periodontal disease. In addition, you keep dental costs down by preventing further destruction. If you have any questions on periodontal disease, its progression and treatment, please ask one of our dental hygienists at your next visit.

The hectic pace of today's adult lifestyle often leaves little time for the daily oral health care routine needed to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. This is unfortunate since periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. An estimated 75% of North Americans reportedly have some form of periodontal disease. 

Early detection of periodontal disease reduces the risk of permanent damage to teeth and gums and can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in later years. Regular professional visits, every six months or as scheduled by your dental hygienist, will help you learn more about proper care for your teeth and gums. 

Regular professional visits are important because gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is usually painless; you may not be able to detect it on your own.