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North Vancouver Dentist Gum Disease, Surgery (Deep Cove)

Blog by Dr. Gilbert Lee | April 22nd, 2015

Gum Disease

Gum Disease also know as periodontal disease can happen at any age and can be avoided! That is why it is so important to take care of your teeth and come in for regular checkups and cleanings. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is when the gums havent been exercises; meaning properly brushed and flossed. When bacteria (plaque) sit on the tooth and gums and does not get cleaned off it hardens and turns into tartar (calculus). Calculus can only be removed by coming to see the dentist or hygienist. Gingivitis is when the gums are infected and they bleed when flossing or brushing. Many people do not understand that when the gums bleed this is a sign to keep brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be reversed withing 5-7 days of properly taking care of the gums.
The more advance stages of gum disease is called pariodontal disease this is when the gums and supporting tissue around the teeth start to lossen and detach from the tooth. When this happens this is know as a pocket. You may have heard your dental hygienist calling out numbers, during your hygiene appointment. What the hygienist is trying to do is measure your supporting tissue to make sure the gums are in good health. The deeper the probe (instrument hygienist uses to measure) goes down into the pocket the more the gum has ditached from the tooth. This is know "attachment loss" when this happens the gums are infected, and the gums can be swollen and change color.

The best treatment in gum disease is coming to see your dentist or hygienist for a cleaning to remove the plaque and calculus, this gives ur gums a change to recover and get better. When the gum disease is at the advance stages your dentist will refer you to a dental periodontist. A periodontist treats serious forms of gum disease that will not get better with normal dental care.

Dr Lee has experience in bone regeneratation, flap surgery, soft tissue and bone graphs. The more advance cases may be refered to a specialist.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment to see Dr. Lee please give us a call at
#200-3650 Mt. Seymour PKWY
North Vancouver
BC, V7H 2Y5