Relief from the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Dr. Christopher Long restores your smile with safe, effective treatments.
Gum disease is a surprisingly common problem, especially when considering that treatments are convenient and readily available. From antibiotic therapies to laser gum surgery, there have never been so many choices to suit your needs. Dr. Christopher Long provides a full range of treatments to restore your gum heath, most notably, scaling and root planing and osseous surgery. Immediate treatment can help you avoid the consequences of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums and bad breath
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Bone and tooth loss
- Increased risk of heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancers
- Difficulty managing blood sugar levels in diabetics
With The Right Procedures, Gum Disease is Treatable
Osseous surgery treats advanced cases, and scaling and root planing helps you maintain your healthy mouth.
Scaling and Root Planing
The bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth are normally cleared away when you brush or floss. When you have gum disease, plaque hardens into calculus and builds up beneath the gum line. With scaling and root planing, the plaque and calculus on your teeth that serve as a host for bacteria are manually removed, using hand or ultrasonic tools. Scaling and root planing maintains the health of your teeth and gums, even below the gum line. If you have gum disease, contact Hollyburn Centre Periodontics & Implants in West Vancouver, BC to schedule your consultation with Dr. Long and learn about this deep cleaning treatment.
Osseous surgery, or bone surgery, is used to treat advanced cases of gum disease. It can regenerate lost alveolar bone with bone grafting and to reduce or eliminate periodontal pockets where bacteria flourish. In some cases, bone grafting is used to build up the alveolar bone for successful tooth replacements such as implants. The benefits of osseous surgery include:
- Smoothing bone for improved healing
- Creating a solid base for tooth replacement treatments
- Facilitating thorough home care