At Lord Dufferin Dental Centre we help provide our patients with excellent periodontal care. We do provide an in-house specialist Dr. Leve who can help treat our patient’s periodontal needs.
The 2 Stages of Gum Disease:
Gingivitis- Patients with gingivitis tend to have more tender gum tissues that are swollen and bleed easily when brushing or flossing.
Periodontal disease- If gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease the gum tissues will recede causing pockets to be created between the teeth. Over time food and debris get stuck in these pockets which can cause further deterioration of the tissues.
At Lord Dufferin Dental Centre we strive one detecting these diseases early enough so we can provide the proper treatment to help reverse them.
Some therapies include more scaling and root planing (deep scale), and sometimes even medication to treat the affected gum areas.
Our periodontist Dr. Leve can also perform periodontal surgeries such as:
To schedule a consultation with our periodontist Dr. Leve at Lord Dufferin Dental Centre in Orangeville please call us at (519) 938-9500.
Graft procedures are advised or patients who have a gum problem that needs to be corrected.
Grafts are done to increase the width of your gum tissue and/ or cover an exposed root surface. An adequate band of gum tissue is necessary to protect the tooth from increased bacterial accumulation and inflammation. Inflammation can lead to bone loss and probably more gum recession. Also exposed root surfaces can lead to increase sensitivity and more susceptibility to decay. Treating gum recession in the front of your mouth will result in a more esthetically pleasing smile.
A graft is done by taking gum tissue from one part of your mouth, usually your palate (roof of your mouth) and transferring it to the area of your mouth that has gum recession. We can take gum from your palate without leaving a “hole” in the surgical area. The site where the graft is taken from and the site where the graft is placed is sutured to close these areas up tightly. A dressing is placed over both areas and will remain in place for as long as two weeks (or until it falls off.) This procedure is done under local anesthesia (freezing) and is virtually painless. The only pain you may feel will be when the freezing comes out. There may be no pain afterwards but there may be- it is difficult to predict. It is possible that you may have swelling or bruising in the surgical area.
The area will be checked about 10 days after the procedure has been done and approximately 4 weeks later to ensure that healing is taking place as it should.
If you have any questions please call the Lord Dufferin Dental Centre to set up a consultation with our periodontist.
Flap procedures are done to give the dentists access to the roots of the teeth and the bone that are beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is very gently lifted off the bone so that one or a combination of procedures may be done:
To complete this procedure, the gum tissues are closed up, usually with the gum pressed tightly to the bone to reduce the pocket depth and re-establish a normal relationship between the gum and the bone (the only exception to this is when a membrane has been placed, where coverage of the membrane is the goal of gum closure). The gum is then stitched into place and a dressing may be placed over the area. You will not be able to chew in this area for about two weeks.
This area will be checked about 0 days after the procedure has been done and approximately 4 weeks later to ensure that healing is taking place as it should.
This procedure is done under local anesthesia (freezing) and there is usually no pain involved.
You may experience some pain after the freezing comes out, but this is not always the case.
-Excessive bleeding occurs
-If severe pain is present.
-Mark swelling occurs.