Posts for: September, 2015
Although techniques for treating periodontal (gum) disease can vary, they all boil down to one objective: remove the bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that cause the infection. The initial treatment usually involves two techniques known as scaling and root planing.
Scaling uses hand instruments, ultrasonic equipment or a combination of both to manually remove plaque and calculus from the tooth and root surfaces. Root planing takes it a step further by minutely “shaving” infected material from the root surfaces. While more invasive techniques (including surgery) may be needed, scaling and root planing are the first line of treatment for any recent diagnosis of gum disease.
In recent years, an adaptation to these treatments has emerged using the Nd: YAG laser. The laser uses a particular crystal that’s adaptable for many different types of surgery. In the case of gum disease, it’s been found as effective as traditional methods for removing the infected linings of periodontal pockets. Voids created by detaching gum tissues as bone loss occurs, enlarge the small natural gap between the teeth and gums, which fill with pus and other infected matter. Removing the diseased lining from these pockets reduces bacteria below the gum line and speeds healing.
Periodontal laser therapy may have one advantage over traditional treatments: less tissue damage and swelling, and hence reduced post-treatment discomfort. While some research seems to confirm this, more controlled studies are needed to render a verdict on this claim.
Regardless of whether you undergo traditional scaling and root planing or a laser alternative, the aim is the same — to bring the disease under control by removing plaque and calculus and reestablishing good daily oral hygiene practices. Stopping gum disease as soon as possible will help ensure you’ll have healthy teeth and gums for a long time.
If you would like more information on treatments for periodontal (gum) disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Lasers versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”
Find out how having an uneven smile can cause other issues for your oral health.
Most people aren’t born with straight teeth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have that perfect smile. Getting braces from your Mississauga dentists could change all that. Find out why straightening your smile is for more than just aesthetic reasons and how your smile will benefit.
Crooked Teeth and Gum Disease
Do you have crooked teeth? Then you are at a higher risk for developing gum disease than someone who isn’t. A straight smile is easy to clean, but if your smile is crooked, trying to clean food and bacteria from between these crooked or overlapping spots is infinitely harder. And if you don’t remove plaque from your teeth this can eventually lead to bleeding gums and even gum disease.
Furthermore, crooked smiles can place excessive force on certain teeth, which can lead to tooth injuries and bone loss. If you have crooked teeth and your Mississauga dentists have found an increase in plaque buildup during your six-month cleanings then it’s time you did something about it.
Straightening Your Smile for Better Gum Health
If you want to protect your gums from gum disease (and let’s face it—who doesn’t?) we have a solution: orthodontics. Before you start shaking your head, it’s important to know that braces have changed a lot over the years. What you remember from your childhood is a thing of the past.
Now we offer options like clear traditional braces with tooth-colored brackets and wires, and even nearly invisible braces known as Invisalign. This allows everyone from children to adults to get a healthier smile without other people noticing their braces. Plus, orthodontics like Invisalign offers a quicker length of treatment for adults than traditional braces. In as little as 12 months, you could have a perfectly straight smile.
Ready to boost your oral health with orthodontics? The next step is to schedule a consultation with your Mississauga dentists. Let the expert team of Mississauga Dental Arts make your smile a work of art.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”