Although robust oral health is an essential factor in overall wellness and quality of life, many individuals still experience gum disease. Gum sensitivity, inflammation, or mild bleeding of the gums are considered routine, but they are not. The truth is, these symptoms are commonly the initial warning signs of gum disease in its earliest form, gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the easiest stage to reverse and treat. Please do not overlook the condition as it can lead to Periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more aggressive and complex form of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and other overall severe health complications.
When are you ready for the smile of your dreams, let us help you achieve your smile goals! At Orchard Dental Care, our Etobicoke dental care professionals, Dr. Elizabeth Polanski, along with their team, are dedicated to helping patients throughout Ontario achieve optimal oral health once more through compassionate periodontal diagnosis, treatment and maintenance.
What is Periodontal Gum Disease?
The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a common inflammatory condition that affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth. It is most often preceded by gingivitis, which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. Once this bacterial infection colonizes in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove and treat. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the destruction of the connective tissue and jawbone. If left untreated, it can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and tooth loss.
With new state-of-the-art dental treatments, the Orchard Dental team works on all areas of your smile to keep you feeling and looking your best. We ask questions about your dental goals, discuss your options for creating your ultimate smile and design a customized plan to craft you a dazzling smile. For more information on Periodontal disease and treatment, call Orchard Dental today at (416) 239-3773.
Importance of Periodontal Conditions
There are few symptoms in the early stages of gum disease, and many individuals with the infection don’t seek treatment until their condition has worsened. If left to progress further, the plaque that builds up on teeth will harden, turning into tartar. Regular brushing and flossing will not be enough for the buildup to be removed appropriately.
The following are often common symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Exposure of tooth roots from gum recession
- Red, inflamed gums
- Receding gums
- Swollen and sensitive gums
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Loose teeth
- Toothaches or decay
Advanced gum disease can cause permanent damage to the smile, making everyday function uncomfortable or impossible. At Orchard Dental Care, our top priority is to prevent your smile from reaching this point and preserve natural teeth from the extraction or extensive dental care as much as possible. Call us today at (416) 239-3773 to schedule the best date and time for your visit.
Types of Periodontal Disease
When left untreated, gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) can spread below the gum line. There may be little or no symptoms as periodontal disease causes the teeth to separate from the infected gum tissue. However, deepening pockets between the gums and teeth indicate that soft tissue and bone are destroyed by periodontal disease.
Inflammation within supporting tissues causes deep pockets and gum recession. Chronic Periodontitis is the most common form of periodontal disease characterized by progressive loss of attachment, interspersed with rapid progression.
This form of gum disease is an otherwise clinically healthy individual. Egressive Periodontitis is characterized by rapid loss of gum attachment, chronic bone destruction and familial aggregation.
This form of periodontal disease most often occurs in individuals suffering from systemic conditions such as HIV, immunosuppression and malnutrition. Necrosis (tissue death) occurs in the periodontal ligament, alveolar bone and gingival tissues.
Periodontitis Caused by Systemic Disease
This form of gum disease often begins at an early stage. Medical conditions such as respiratory disease, diabetes and heart disease are common cofactors.
Meet Our Dentists at Orchard Dental
There are multiple ways in which Periodontitis can be addressed, both surgically and non-surgically. The precise treatment plan depends on your unique conditions.
New and existing patients visiting Orchard Dental Care in need of gum disease treatment can rest assured in their care. Our team conducts a thorough yet gentle examination to detect if signs of periodontal complications are indeed present during your comprehensive consultation. If your current dental state displays even the smallest amount of gum disease, we administer treatment immediately.
Our Etobicoke dental practice offers the following in gum disease therapy:
- Patient Education
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Periodontal Deep Cleanings
- Cavitron Touch ™ Ultrasonic Scaling Treatment
- Periodontal Maintenance
Meet Our Dentists at Orchard Dental
Our dentists at Orchard Dental Care have years of training and experience. When you choose Orchard Dental for your dental health needs, not only are you placing your smile in good hands, we’ll give you the answers and information to feel like you’re in good hands!
Dr. Elizabeth Polanski specializes in family and cosmetic dentistry and is known as a gentle dentist for her careful and considerate treatment of patients. She offers a full range of services, including full mouth reconstruction, veneers, crowns, bridges, root canal treatment, and teeth whitening. Dr. Polanski provides quality dental care and believes her patients are the most critical part of the practice.
Dr. Martin Szczutkowski specializes in dental restorations, full-mouth fixed and removable prosthesis, rotary root canal therapy, surgical extractions including wisdom teeth extractions, periodontal surgeries and pediatric dentistry. As a dental professional, his combination of bright intelligence and warm, courteous manner allows him to treat patients seeking to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile.
Your appearance is important, and we want to help create a smile you can be proud of. At Orchard Dental, our staff provide an easy-going office environment where we value your health, dental concerns, and personal choices. Our dentists specializing in cosmetic dentistry can offer smile restoration and smile enhancement services to prevent decay and help maintain your optimal oral health.
Clean Air Technology
With all the worries people have about going to the dentist, breathing unhealthy air shouldn’t be one of them. Dental offices are public, high-traffic spaces, with patients themselves a source of air pollution. And because of the impact of common colds, disease, viruses and illnesses, the need to prevent the spread of airborne viral and bacterial infectious agents is greater than ever.
However, our medical-grade air purifiers remove chemicals, toxins, germs, odours, and most importantly they kill airborne viruses, to help reduce the spread of illness. Therefore you can breathe easily at every appointment that our clean air technology and air purification technology is there to ensure your safety throughout your visit.
About Orchard Dental Care
Orchard Dental Care is a professional dental office in Etobicoke with flexible morning, evening and weekend hours to comfortably accommodate your entire family's appointments. Our dentists treat patients of all ages, ensuring your entire family leaves with a bright and healthy smile.