Gum Disease Treatment in Langley
Healthy, beautiful, and comfortable smiles promote a positive lifestyle and improve self-confidence. Periodontal disease, however, can threaten oral health and cause long-term dental issues. Langley Perio & Implants offers proven periodontal treatment and maintenance to eliminate infection and re-establish health.
Dr. Joanie Faucher and Dr. Aleem Manji treat families and individuals who have gum disease. Our goal is to preserve your teeth, gums, and jaw bone for a lifetime of optimal oral health. Since 1995, we have provided comprehensive gum disease treatment in Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Northern Washington, and the Greater Vancouver area.
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What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is inflammation and infection of the tissues that support and surround your teeth. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can damage your teeth and jawbone. With a range of symptoms, from mild gum irritation to tooth loss, it is a common dental problem that many adults deal with daily. Treatments are most effective when the disease is caught early on, but as gum disease advances, it will need more thorough treatment. The following symptoms can indicate the presence of gum disease:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Sensitive and sore gums
- Bleeding gums when flossing
- Pain when brushing
At Langley Perio & Implants, we provide expert treatment for all stages of gum disease. If you are searching for more information on gum disease in general, or you need a second opinion before choosing a treatment, our team is more than happy to help.
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Plaque is left behind by bacteria, which hardens and turns into tartar, a substance that cannot be removed by brushing alone. Bacteria also spread to the gums, beneath their protective lining, and down to the tooth root. Over time, they cause gums to recede, creating pockets around teeth that become easy traps for food.
Without proper dental attention, the infection caused by gum disease can spread to other parts of the body, impacting general well-being. Our team can treat mild, moderate, and severe gum disease and provide preventive care to minimize your risk of additional health problems.
What Factors Place You at Risk of Periodontitis?
Your teeth and the surrounding structures require a balance of hygiene and a good diet. Brushing and flossing eliminate excess food particles that feed bacterial growth, while a healthy diet provides essential minerals and vitamins. Without these, bacteria and their toxic byproducts will take a toll.
Gum disease can present in three distinct stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The chances of you developing any stage of gum disease relate mainly to plaque, but other factors include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Poor nutrition
- Vitamin C deficiency
- Medications that reduce the flow of saliva
- Conditions that lower your immunity like HIV
- Hormonal changes in women that make the gums more sensitive
Treating Gum Disease and Periodontitis in Langley
Our skilled team delivers excellent care with a gentle touch. We take the time to understand your concerns and provide treatments to restore comfort and rebuild function.
We begin with a thorough examination to diagnose the extent of the infection, then match it with a customized treatment plan that may include the following:
Scaling and Root Planing: Special instruments are used to meticulously remove tartar from the surfaces of teeth and below the gums. This efficient treatment allows the gums to reattach to teeth and is minimally invasive.
Regular Maintenance: Extra cleanings and scaling and root planing procedures may be necessary to renew your oral health. We will also provide dietary advice and education on proper hygiene techniques to ensure continued improvement.
Laser Periodontal Therapy: LANAP® and LAPIP® are patented treatment protocols for gum disease. LANAP is for treating natural teeth, and LAPIP is for gum disease around dental implants. These proven procedures remove bacteria, plaque, and calculus and encourage new cell growth in the gums.
How Does LANAP Work?
When using LANAP®, our doctor carefully slides the laser around the infected area, sterilizing your gums and periodontal pockets. Depending on the severity of your case, as little as one treatment may be all you need to restore your smile.
LANAP® targets specific infected tissues and provides superior results when combined with traditional treatments like scaling and root planing or gum grafting. With these procedures, it's possible to have healthy gums and teeth and feel the confidence of a fully restored smile again.
Gum Graft Surgery for Advanced Gum Disease
Periodontal disease can cause gum recession that results in exposed roots. Gum graft surgery repairs the defect and prevents further bone loss and receding gums. Gum grafts are used to conceal exposed roots or to build up gum tissue where there may be none. Our experienced team can extract tissue from your palate or another donor source and place it over the exposed area.
This procedure can be done for one tooth or several to repair damage from receding gums. The treatment can also reduce tooth sensitivity, make your gumline even, and improve your smile's aesthetics.
Renewed Oral Health with Gum Disease Treatment in Langley
Dr. Joanie Faucher and Dr. Aleem Manji focus on improving your total oral health with periodontal treatments as part of our general dental care. At Langley Perio & Implants, we will always address your concerns quickly, efficiently and with respect and compassion. We proudly serve Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Northern Washington, and the Greater Vancouver area. Call our office today for an appointment!
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