Dr. Troy Basarab is a specialist in treatment of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Dr. Basarab in Lethbridge offers surgical and non-surgical options to treat your gum disease.
Early detection for gum disease is the key. Periodontal disease is treatable and, early detection can be important for successful treatment. Gingivitis can develop in teeth which may require gum therapy.
The early stage of periodontal disease is called Gingivitis. Gingivitis is common and occurs when there is gum irritation and minor bleeding gums during regular brushing and flossing. Occasional bad breath can be a side affect of the gum infection.
Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria from plaque under the gum line. Gingivitis is controllable and treatable with thorough home care and routine dental visits for a thorough cleaning and gum therapy. If left untreated, gingivitis can spread to the bone structure that supports your teeth.
Plaque is that clear sticky substance that builds throughout the day on your teeth which is removed by thorough brushing and flossing.
Plaque that isn't cleaned off thoroughly hardens into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist through 'scaling'. Tartar that is left on the teeth can cause inflammation that will irritate and damage healthy gums. Over time, the bacterial plaque and buildup can result in the gums separating from their grip on your teeth causing deepened 'pockets' between your gums and tooth to develop.
These 'pockets' make room for more infection and additional problems to occur, including receding gums and pain in gum tissue, as well as loosened damaged teeth and constant breath issues. Some patients even experience tooth loss.
Scaling is removing the calculus, or tartar build up from the teeth above the gum line. While root planing is removing the calculus or tartar build up on the roots of the teeth below the gum line.
In order to support bone, Dr. Basarab may recommend either of these procedures in the treatment of gum disease, or in regular maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.
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