Ottawa dentistry practice provides periodontics including implant procedures for tooth loss
Posted by Dr. France Chevalier
Over half of adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Signs of periodontal disease could be lurking beneath your beautiful smile. For patients in Ottawa, Dr. France Chevalier provides periodontics and can detect, diagnose, and treat all stages of the disease. Depending upon the stage of the disease, conservative treatments are tried first. For more advanced stages, implant dentistry may be suggested.
What causes periodontal disease?
Gum disease does not just happen overnight. The signs and symptoms gradually appear. It starts with a buildup of plaque and tartar. Left alone, the bacteria that causes plaque begins to spread to the gums. This causes the gums to become inflamed and red. This is the earliest stage of periodontal disease known as gingivitis.
Untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. The gums pull away from the tooth causing gaps between the teeth and gums. Bacteria spreads into the spaces leading to infections. Periodontitis leads to further damage to the teeth, bones, gums, and connective tissue. Tooth loss may occur.
Prevention is the best treatment.
Preventing gum disease with good oral hygiene is the best treatment method. Aside from prevention, early detection and treatment is crucial to prevent the disease from spreading. Your dentist will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
Treating with dental implants
When periodontal disease causes enough damage, tooth loss is possible. While a dentist’s goal is to save the natural tooth, significant damage may occur leading to tooth loss. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. One reconstruction option for tooth loss is through the placement of dental implants. Implants replace the tooth root to maintain the health of the bone and to keep the teeth from shifting. When paired with a crown, the end result is a beautiful, functional tooth. Placed into the patient’s jawbone, implants are permanent replacements and require multiple treatments to complete.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Chevalier today. +1 (613) 233-1118