The best course of treatment for any disease is prevention – and that holds true when it comes to gum disease. The reality is that the cure is in our patients’ hands, and that cure is a toothbrush and floss. Daily brushing and flossing is the number one prevention of gum disease and is reinforced with a healthy diet, avoidance of nicotine, and moderation of alcohol intake. Abide by those four healthy teeth rules and visit your Calgary Dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and exam, and you’re doing everything you can to prevent gum disease. But what are your treatment options if the signs of the disease are already revealing themselves in your mouth? What is the best way to control and improve gum health?
Stopping Gum Disease in Its Tracks
Gum disease or periodontal disease is an inflammation of gum tissue and, in its advanced state, the irritation of supporting bone. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that live in plaque – the sticky white film that is constantly forming on teeth. By brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day, plaque can be easily removed and prevented from building up on tooth surfaces. It’s the failure to remove plaque that enables bacteria to irritate gum tissue and cause inflammation. If not stopped in its tracks, this irritation progresses to become swollen gums that pull away from teeth, forming pockets that collect further plaque and eventually leads to gum recession — a reduction in healthy gum tissue.
What If You Already Have Gum Recession?
One thing Mother Nature failed at is enabling gum tissue to regenerate. Once gum has receded there’s no way to grow new tissue and create a healthy level of tissue that sits snuggly around the neck of teeth. A lack of healthy gum tissue can cause cosmetic concerns for patients as a tooth’s root structure is exposed, giving a darker look to a smile and adding to tooth sensitivity without the protection of gum. Though Mother Nature can’t help with restoring healthy gum tissue, a procedure referred to as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique can give a patient back their smile and confidence. Designed by a dentist (Dr. Chao), this procedure requires a small incision to be made above the area of gum recession. Then using specially made instruments, a dentist is able to stretch the gum tissue so that it sits closer to the neck of a tooth. A strip of collagen is placed under the gum to prevent it from receding again and the collagen promotes healing and strengthening of tissue.
This gum rejuvenation procedure only takes one to two hours and involves minimal down time as most patients are back to their regular schedule the following day. This makes it a great option for any busy Calgarians who wants to get their smile back.
Want more information on Gum Rejuvenation in Calgary? Contact the General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental today online or at (403) 239-5212