Ask the dentists at the Avenue Dental Centre in Windsor, Ontario about how to keep your gums healthy.
What is soft tissue management?
The term "soft tissue management" refers to an individualized gum health plan to help you maintain healthy gums for a lifetime. It typically includes treatment and preventive elements.
How do I know if I need soft tissue management?
During your regular check up, our dentist and hygienist will check your gums for areas that are infected or inflamed (also known as periodontal pockets). These periodontal pockets can be a sign of gum disease.
What types of treatments are included in a soft tissue management program?
Our hygiene team will work with you to develop an effective soft tissue management plan that is tailoured to your individual needs. Some of the effective treatments we recommend include more frequent appointments with our skilled dental hygienists, root planning and scaling, specific home care routines, antibiotics, and, in some cases, surgical procedures.
What can I expect if I follow my soft tissue management plan?
The goal of a soft tissue management plan is to control periodontal disease (gum disease). The treatment plan aims to eliminate inflammation and infection in the gums and on root surfaces, resulting in healthy gums that are not tender or inflamed and do not bleed, reduce pocket depths and control periodontal disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease can cause tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) results from a bacterial infection in the gums. When a patient has gum disease, infection and inflammation in the gums destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease often develops in the early stages with no symptoms. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, tender gums, mouth sores, gums that appear bright purple or red-purple, and persistent bad breath. Over time gum disease can lead to receding gums, bone loss, and loss of teeth in the affected area.
How will I know if I have gum disease?
Since gum disease can develop and show no symptoms, it is very important that you have regular oral hygiene check ups. Our warm and caring team will examine your gums and confirm whether you have gum disease and help decide the best treatment for you. If you have receding, bleeding or swollen gums, visit us today.
How will my dentist treat my gum disease?
Treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your particular needs. Possible treatments can include more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, changes to your at home dental hygiene routine, or in-office procedures.
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. As always, our friendly office staff will always be pleased to answer any questions you might have about bleeing or receding gums.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Gum disease is almost always preventable! The best way to avoid the discomfort and serious risks of gum disease is excellent oral hygiene. Our friendly team will be more than happy to show you the steps you can take at home to prevent gum disease.
If you have any questions about how to maintain healthy gums, prevent gum disease, have receding gums, bleeding gums, or want information on any other dental procedure, please contact our caring and helpful team at The Avenue Dental Centre.