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Gums Treatment

Gum disease is an infection that begins in the mouth. However, if the infection progresses, there are repercussions to the rest of the body.

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Bacterial infections.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, caused by food accumulation and dental calculus in-between the teeth. These elements contribute to bacterial growth and cause a bodily response: inflammation. Inflammation destroys bacteria but also the surrounding tissues, leaving a void between the gum and the teeth called ”periodontal pocket”.

In theory, the body recovers after an inflammation episode. However, since hygiene habits remain unchanged, the bacteria multiplies, inflammation progresses, and a vicious cycle ensues.

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Get a tax credit

You can claim a tax credit of between 20 % and 30 % of the amount to uninsured fees. The calculation depends on the amount of fees, your salary and tax policies.

Bad Breath = Gum Infection?

Persistent bad breath is a sign of an untreated gum infection called periodontitis. Bad breath is often accompanied by bleeding from the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold foods or liquids, with a loss of the gum line and, in advanced cases, a mobility on the teeth.

Bad breath is a marked sign of an advanced infection of the gums. The disease must be detected as early as possible because there are two dangers. The first, the disease is not painful, but can grow alarmingly and leave the impression that there is no reason to worry. The second, the supporting bone does not regenerate.

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Treatment Steps

Initial Treatment

  • X-rays and examinations
  • Scaling – Surfacing – Curetage
  • Irrigation in the chlorhexidine
  • Laser treatment, prophylaxis

Follow-up

  • After the initial treatment, we suggest follow-ups every 3 months
  • Dental scaling
  • Examination of the gums

Home Care

  • Brushing after every meal is essential
  • Flossing at least 1 time per day
  • Antibacterial mouthwash 2 times per day

Are you covered by your insurance?

Gums treatment is part of basic care, therefore covered by most insurances policy. However, insurances companies sometime limit the frequency with which you can benefit from dental scaling and root planing. Some of the procedures as the laser treatment and the follow-up are sometime not covered by your insurances. An estimate can be produced at the first appointment to submit to your insurer.

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Gum disease called PERIODONTITIS is a bacterial infection affecting the gums and the bones surrounding the teeth. With time (years), a deterioration of the bone and the gingiva is the result. Painless and silent, untreated, gums disease can lead to bad breath and the lost of teeth.

It is caused by food buildup of plaque and tartar between the teeth and gum. These elements contribute to bacterial growth in the region leading to a response of the body : inflammation. The inflammation then destroys bacteria, but also the surrounding tissue, leaving a gap between the gum and tooth called “periodontal pocket “. At the periodontal pocket, the bacteria multiply, inflammation destroys … and it’s a vicious cycle of destruction.

The most important factors in the progression of periodontitis are: heredity, smoking, stress, diabetes and other systemic diseases .

The usual symptoms are bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, irritation to hot and cold foods, red gums, swollen gums and a possibility of receding gums. In more advanced stages, you might experience tooth mobility.

First, a detailed screening of the gums is needed to target problem areas. Then a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) are required to remove all debris and scared tissues. This will aloow the gums to heal naturally. Manual and ultrasonic instruments, antibacterial solution and laser treatment are all part of the gum disease treatment. In more severe cases , an antibiotic may be necessary. In the battle against periodontitis , the sooner the treatments take place , the better the chances of recovery.

Laser therapy provides: biostimulation, faster healing, removal of infected and scared tissues, less discomfort following treatment, reduction of the inflammation and disinfection pockets. In short, it increase the speed and efficiency of the healing process.

In most cases, patients are treated without anesthesia except for complex cases. Normally patients experience some sensitivity, but nothing unbearable. If you prefer local anesthesia, ask your attending dentist.

Periodontitis is a chronic infection. The aimed goal is to keep the disease under control and stable than a total cure. Therefore, the importance of regular monitoring. In simple case, if treated at the beginning, complete remission is possible. If the patient is smoking, often the gum disease could be stabilized but not cured.

There is compelling evidence to the fact that smoking is the main extrinsic factor for gum disease. Not only reduces the amount of saliva stain teeth and overload language, it makes them more susceptible to periodontal disease the gums. The severity of periodontitis is directly proportional to the amount of cigarettes smoked daily.

Gum treatment is part of basic care, therefore your insurance plan covers normally. However , insurance companies limit the frequency with which you can benefit from scaling, it may be that you have to pay for the appointment of laser and monitoring. A due diligence on your first visit will help clarify the situation.

Left untreated, the infection increases and will impact on the rest of the body. More than bad breath and losing teeth, there are correlation between periodontitis and the following diseases: cardio- respiratory diseases, premature labor, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, and complications of diabetes. It’s a matter of general health!

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About Mdex.

Mdex is a world class clinic located in the heart of downtown Montreal at the Scotia Tower.

We take pride in giving our patients the smile they deserve since 2003.

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