Gum Disease Ottawa ON

Healthy gums are an essential part of a healthy and beautiful smile. Gum disease is a common oral health concern that can jeopardize the stability of your bite and the health of your teeth and gums. Ottawa dentist Dr. Nohé Sassi provides advanced, state of the art, gum disease treatments to prevent and eliminate periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. Bacteria builds in and around teeth, eventually creating deep pockets in the gums. As the disease progresses, patients become susceptible to tooth loss, receding gums, and bone deterioration. Gum disease, when left untreated, can spread to the bloodstream and has been linked to cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and systemic diseases such as diabetes. If you notice changes in the health of your gums, it is important to schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.

Some signs you may have gum disease are:

  • Redness and discoloration of gum tissue
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Sensitivity, especially while brushing teeth
  • Bleeding gums

Early diagnosis of gum disease helps allow for conservative treatment options and to prevent further deterioration of oral health. Every patient of Villanova Dental Studio receives a thorough gum disease screening during their regularly scheduled dental health exams. Dr. Sassi uses the state of the art technology Florida Probe System® to digitally scan the gums for signs of periodontal disease. The system can display the findings on a computer monitor for in depth analysis.

Periodontal Treatment Options

Dr. Sassi is highly trained and experienced in the treatment of all stages of periodontal disease. Dr. Sassi will always provide the most effective and conservative treatment option for optimal results. Periodontal therapy can restore health and beauty to your smile and stabilize your dental and overall health.

  • Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy  or LAPT
  • Perio Protect®
  • Scaling & Root Planing
  • Bone or soft tissue grafting
  • Gum surgery

Laser therapy, or LAPT, is a non-surgical alternative for the treatment of gum disease. LAPT eliminates the need for scalpels and sutures reducing swelling, bleeding, and downtimes.

Dr. Sassi uses Ezlase™ technology soft tissue laser to gently remove diseased and damaged gum tissue.

Benefits of LAPT

LAPT is a conservative treatment for gum disease that removes harmful bacteria. LAPT closes the pockets formed in the gum tissue by the spread of bacteria and helps to promote healing.

LAPT provides many benefits in comparison to traditional gum surgery:

  • The LAPT procedure is quick and effective
  • LAPT is a virtually painless treatment and requires minimal to no downtime
  • LAPT allows Dr. Sassi to target specific patches of diseased tissue leaving healthy tissue unharmed
  • Patients who would otherwise not be able to receive gum surgery such as patients with diabetes, hemophilia and some medication restrictions may be able to undergo the LAPT procedure

LAPT Procedure

The LAPT procedure is relatively comfortable and most patients do not even require over the counter pain medication after treatment. For patients with dental anxiety, Villanova Dental Studio offers sedation dentistry options for optimal comfort.

  • Using a periodontal probe, Dr. Sassi will measure the amount of infected tissue, depth of bacteria pockets and the extent of bone loss
  • Specially designed lasers will target diseased tissue eliminating harmful bacteria in the deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Using a scaler, Dr. Sassi will remove loosened plaque above and below the gum line
  • Finally, a second laser treatment will sterilize the treated area and seal the gum tissue to the tooth to promote healing and reduce the chance of infection

perioprotect ottawa on gum disease treatmentPerio Protect® is a minimally invasive at home treatment option for gum disease. Perio Protect® helps manage gum disease-causing bacteria in between professional cleanings and is used as a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Perio Protect® penetrates medication deep into the pockets between the teeth and gums where brushing and flossing can not reach.

Perio Protect® uses Perio Trays® to administer medication to the gums. The trays are custom designed to fit your teeth ensuring for a consistent application of the medication. The tray is designed to seal the medication into the pockets of the gums and to reduce irritation.

The trays are comfortable to wear and are typically worn for about 15 minutes, 2-4 times a day. When used in combination with daily brushing, flossing, and in-office professional teeth cleanings, Perio Protect® helps control harmful bacteria for the treatment of chronic gum disease.

Preventing gum disease starts at home. Twice daily brushing and flossing are your first defense against developing peridontal disease. Brushing and flossing remove harmful plaque and can keep bacteria in check.

Biannual visits to our Stittsville, ON dentist office, are also an essential part of caring for your gums. Our dentists will screen for signs of gum disease for a chance at early intervention for conservative treatment. Professional dental cleanings can also help keep gums disease free. Teeth cleanings can reach areas at home brushing and flossing can not.

Preventative dentistry helps patients keep their gums and teeth healthy so that they may enjoy their natural smile for many years. Our Villanova Dental Studio promotes disease prevention and strives to protect and maintain their natural smiles.