Periodontal Surgery Treatment in Richmond Hill, ON

Periodontal Surgery Treatment in Richmond Hill, ON

In addition to preventing tooth decay, brushing and flossing are important for keeping your gums healthy. Just as teeth can develop cavities, the gums can become affected by periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. Left untreated, the underlying bone that supports teeth could become affected. To restore your gums to health, Richmond Hill Smiles offers periodontal treatment in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

There are three stages of periodontal disease. The earliest stage, gingivitis, is the easiest to treat. Regular dental appointments are important to both maintaining oral health and catching issues such as gum disease while they are in their early stages. Gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. The most threatening stage of periodontal disease is late stage advanced periodontitis.

Treatment

If you are experiencing any symptoms of periodontal disease, such as inflammation, swelling, or redness in the gums, your dentist at Richmond Hill Smiles can provide treatment to help restore your gum health. Periodontal treatments include:

  • Gingival flap surgery: reduces the periodontal pockets that are more than five millimeters deep. This surgery can treat moderate to severe periodontitis. During the procedure, the gum tissue is cut to separate it from the teeth. The periodontist then conducts a thorough cleaning using an ultrasonic scaling device and removes plaque, tartar, and biofilm that has accumulated below the pockets.
  • Gingivectomy: the removal of excess gum tissue. Removing gum tissue that has overgrown onto the teeth allows more efficient teeth cleaning.
  • Gingivoplasty: the reshaping of healthy gum tissue surrounding the teeth. This procedure is performed when tooth recession has taken place, or the gums have started to pull away from the tooth. A tissue graft taken from the roof of the mouth is transferred to the area where the tooth is recessed.

Fortunately, it is fairly easy to prevent the need for periodontal treatments and maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Brushing twice a day (for at least two minutes at a time) and flossing daily should be sufficient to keep the teeth and gums clean of harmful plaque and damaging bacteria. However, if you suspect that you are experiencing signs of gum disease, or if it has been a while since your last dentist visit in Richmond Hill, Ontario, schedule an appointment at Richmond Hill Smiles today.

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