The Gum of the Matter

Following are some of the procedures that we use to treat patients diagnosed with a periodontal (gum) disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is oral microbes, bacteria in the form of a sticky, colorless plaque that constantly forms on your teeth; however, many other factors can cause periodontal (gum) disease or influence its progression.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Modern treatment guidelines require that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This can be often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis. Oral hygiene practices and dietary habits should also be reviewed and any problems addressed. Systemic factors such as osteoporosis can also play a role in periodontal disease and should be considered as well.

After scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.

Periodontal Surgery

If you're diagnosed with periodontal disease, we may recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery is necessary when Dr. Jacques Imbeau determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment. Following are the four types of surgical treatments most commonly prescribed:

Ceramic Dental Implants

If you've already lost a tooth to periodontal disease or other reasons, you may be interested in ceramic dental implants – the permanent tooth replacement option without metal.

 

Platelet derived Growth Factors

An exciting fully natural advanced therapeutic modality using the healing power of your own body to stimulate tissue repair, bone formation and re-vascularization. Various autologous compounds extracted from your own blood using exacting clinical protocols can be used as grafting material, surgical membranes, liquids containing stem cells ect... to optimise healing and success rates of various periodontal procedures.

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