What is Periodontitis?

At West Calgary Periodontics we offer Periodontal Disease Therapy. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a condition that causes progressive destruction of the jaw bone that supports your teeth. Specific bacteria in your mouth over-activate your immune system, which results in the destruction of the jaw, as your immune system tries to clear the bacteria from your mouth. The destruction and loss of jaw bone eventually leads to tooth loss.

Besides affecting your mouth, emerging research is confirming the link between periodontal disease and other health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, infection of prosthetic joints, pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and kidney, pancreatic, and blood cancers.

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Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy (Deep Cleaning)

Non-surgical periodontal therapy, also known as deep cleaning, is the initial in-office procedure of treating periodontal disease [link to What is Periodontal Disease?].  Deep cleanings involve numbing (anesthetizing) the treatment sites, and with specialized instruments thoroughly cleaning all surfaces of the affected teeth above and below the gums, and occasionally applying an antibiotic paste under the gum tissue.

The deep cleaning procedure can be completed under sedation [link to Sedation], to help reduce your anxiety.

Surgical Periodontal Therapy
(Flap Debridement and Guided Tissue Regeneration)

Surgical periodontal therapy is an in-office surgical procedure of cleaning out disease causing bacteria and infected tissues, and rebuilding loss jaw bone (where possible), in areas affected by periodontal disease.  Surgical periodontal therapy is a second phase treatment, used to address areas of advanced disease or unresponsive to initial phase of non-invasive periodontal therapy.

The procedure usually takes 1-1.5 hours to completed, depending on the amount of treatment you require.

The surgical periodontal therapy  procedure can be completed under sedation, to help reduce your anxiety.

Do you have questions about Periodontal Disease Therapy?
Please contact us are happy to answer any questions you may have!

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