Receiving a diagnosis of gum disease is scary. Gum disease begins with tooth and gum sensitivity, progresses with the gums receding away from the teeth, and can progress to teeth falling out and even bone decay in the jaw.
However, as medical science continues to evolve and Dr. Andrea Stevens stays on the leading edge of dentistry, gum disease and tooth decay can be reversed, something that didn’t seem possible without the use of dental implants in the past.
A Wall between the Gums and Teeth
Like many patients with periodontal disease and dentists who treat it, researchers with the American Chemical Society were unsatisfied with the way the disease is treated. Their goal? Something that hadn’t been done before: find a way to restore gum tissue and bone loss.
Researchers applied a fibrous membrane onto the teeth, which acted as a restorative wall between the teeth and gums. In lab rats, the membrane encouraged gum regeneration and even supported bone restoration.
Periodontitis and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontitis, can be caused by plaque buildup. The membrane prevents plaque from attaching to the teeth, keeping the plaque from causing damage to the tooth root and gums. Of course, the earlier your dentist catches disease the better, and patients who catch the disease earlier will have better outcomes and more success with the membrane than those already living with an advanced stage of gum disease.
Does it sound too good to be true? The treatment may not be ready for public use, but we will continue to track its development, and when it is ready we will evaluate it to see if it is an advanced technology we think will benefit you. .
What to Do If You Suspect Early Signs of Gum Disease
Some early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath and receding gums, making the teeth look longer, as more of the root is exposed.
Gingivitis and early stages of gum disease can be painful, causing teeth to be sensitive, especially when exposed to hot or cold food or drink. If you think you may have gingivitis or periodontitis, the first thing you should do is call your dentist and schedule an appointment. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the issue and provide treatment, though the membrane isn’t quite ready for commercial use yet.
Treatments for gum disease include laser treatment, which deeply cleans between the teeth and gums, removes bacteria and allows the gums to regrow over the teeth. If caught early enough, we may simply recommend you change your home dental routine.
Together We Can Prevent Gum Disease
If you suspect you may be in the early stages of gum disease or gingivitis, your best bet is to attack the problem early with the help of your dentist. We’ll provide you with next steps, giving your teeth and gums the best possible outcomes.
For questions about gum disease or gingivitis, or to schedule an appointment, call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment at Dr. Andrea Stevens Dentistry in Kanata.