Periodontal disease starts out as something most people have heard of: gingivitis. This is an inflammatory disease that affects the hard and soft structures supporting your teeth. You’ll first notice your gums becoming red and swollen, which is the natural response from the body, but left untreated it can sometimes turn into something called periodontitis. This is where the gums pull away from the teeth and the tissue becomes destroyed.
At Bells Corners Family Dentistry, we can treat gingivitis at our Nepean clinic, as well as provide treatment for periodontal disease. We offer scaling and root planing, in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned. For severe cases, we are able to provide surgical procedures including crown lengthening and aesthetic-crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure performed by a dentist to expose a greater amount of tooth structure for the purpose of subsequently restoring the tooth prosthetically. Aesthetic crown-lengthening, typically in the upper front teeth, is indicated to reduce excessive gum tissue surrounding the teeth in order to improve a ‘gummy smile’ appearance.
Gum grafting is a treatment we provide in order to increase the amount of gingiva (pink gums) around the tooth area. This will help to prevent further recession of the gums and will also help cover the exposed root. If your gums are receding and it goes untreated, it can lead to further recession which will negatively affect your oral health.
Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted. Potential problems caused by the presence of properly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is difficult and ineffective. Such infections may be frequent, and cause considerable pain and medical danger. Another reason to have a wisdom tooth removed is if the tooth has grown in improperly, causing the tongue to brush up against it. If you have questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, call us today!