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Gum Disease Treatment in Canmore

Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious infection that targets the gum tissues and bone around your teeth, and if left untreated, can result in the loss of your teeth and other serious problems. It is a common disease that affects many adults and is caused largely by poor oral hygiene. The disease progresses in stages beginning with the mildest form called gingivitis. If caught and treated early, your chances for successful treatment are excellent. At Canmore Smiles, Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy provide effective treatment for gum disease in Canmore. Contact us.


Listed below are the symptoms of gum disease:

  Blood on your toothbrush
  Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
  Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  Teeth that have changed the way they fit together when you bite or new spaces between your teeth
  Gums that have pulled away from your teeth making your teeth look longer than normal
  Changes in the way your partial dentures fit
  Permanent teeth that are loose
  Painful chewing

Sometimes, you may not notice any symptoms although you may still have some form of the disease. Therefore it is important to have regular dental checkups with Dr. Grant Moldenhauer or Dr. Brian Piercy. If the mild form of periodontal disease (gingivitis) is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. Although plaque is the primary cause for gum disease, there are other factors, which can contribute to the disease and include:
  Illnesses such as cancer where your immune system is compromised, but also systemic illnesses like diabetes can be linked to periodontal disease
  Medications which cause dry-mouth and decreases saliva which has a protective effect on the teeth and gums
  Smoking makes it more difficult for the gum tissue to repair itself
  A family history of dental diseases


Treatment for gum disease can vary depending on the stage of the disease, which is why it is important to catch it in its earliest stages when the therapy is the easiest and the least invasive. Treating gingivitis sometimes is as simple as a professional dental cleaning and a regular regime of good oral care at home. As the disease progresses, treatments that are more aggressive are used including:
  Scaling and root planing - a deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedure

Surgical treatments

  Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery - gums are lifted back, and the tartar is removed
  Bone grafts - replacing bone that has been destroyed by gum disease
  Soft tissue grafts - reinforces thin gums
  Guided tissue regeneration - stimulated bone and gum tissue growth


Periodontitis can cause tooth loss, and advanced research indicates that there is a direct link between the bacteria that cause gum disease and systemic illness, which can affect your heart, lungs, and other parts of your body.


The best way to prevent periodontal disease is with a good oral hygiene program and regular dental visits. Call us today at our office in Canmore where our caring staff are ready to help you fight gum disease!


Canmore Periodontist

You can count on our experienced dentists for effective treatment of gum disease.

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