Gum tissue is essential to supporting your teeth and your overall oral health. If left untreated, gum disease will lead to gum recession and eventually tooth loss, which requires extensive and often costly treatments. The condition can also cause uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms such as:
It is essential that you seek treatment for gum disease, recession, or other complications caused by the decline of your periodontal health as soon as possible.
With a focus on holistic dentistry, the team at Elements Dental emphasizes preventive methods to help patients avoid the issues associated with gum disease. In many cases, we recommend rinsing with hydrogen peroxide along with maintaining regular dental hygiene practices to prevent infection.
When treatment is required, we can provide a variety of periodontal services, including:
Periodontal therapy, also known as scaling and root planing, is often used to treat gum disease in the early stages. At Elements Dental, we use a laser to perform this treatment instead of traditional tools. During laser periodontal therapy, we will gently remove inflamed gum tissue and plaque from around the gumline and roots. The tooth roots will then be smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the pockets in the future.
Soft tissue grafting is a common treatment used when patients have severe gum recession. During this procedure, donor tissue is placed over the recessed area to protect tooth roots.
At Elements Dental, we strive to prevent gum disease when possible and provide effective interventions at any stage to restore your dental health.
Dr. Chow can perform the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a flapless procedure to treat gum recession. This innovative treatment method is a less invasive alternative to gum grafting that does not require sutures. Tiny holes are created through which a special instrument can shift the gum tissue into proper alignment.
Our practice uses the most advanced tools and technology to improve the outcomes of our periodontal treatments. Using a laser not only causes less damage to the tissues during your procedure but also improves the recovery process. We often incorporate ozone therapy which promotes gum tissue regeneration and also allows the treatment area to heal more quickly.
If you have swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, or toothaches, you may be suffering from gum disease or recession. Schedule your consultation with one of our knowledgeable doctors today by contacting us online or calling us at (250) 382-5233.