Gum Disease FAQ

Dr. Mansbridge believes that treating patients is only part of the job. We also very strongly believe in providing the best preventive dental care and like to keep our patients educated about dental issues and dental care. The one way of preventing tooth decay is to be aware of all the common gum disease symptoms. Here are some frequently asked questions which will help you understand what the best line of treatment is for different dental issues

Frequently Asked Questions about Gum Disease

If I have periodontal disease, how is there no pain?
In most cases, there is no pain in the initial stages of periodontal disease
What are the common gum disease symptoms?
There can be symptoms such as bleeding gums, receding gums, drifting teeth and bad breath
What are the different periodontal treatments you offer?

We offer treatments such as:

  • Soft-tissue grafting
  • Curettage (removing the soft lining of the gum which is diseased)
  • Gum Implants
  • Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
  • Long term follow-up dental care via periodontal maintenance

A diagnosis will be conducted and we will then determine which procedure is best suited to you.

What is the cost of periodontal treatment?
We offer a range of procedures and the cost will be dependent on individual needs. Once a complete check-up has been conducted, we will draw out a customized dental treatment plan for you and inform you about all the costs.
Will I have to come in for gum disease treatment multiple times?
If the gum pockets are very deep, multiple visits may be required.
How long will it take for me to recover from periodontal & periodontitis treatment?
You are required to follow all the post-operative instruction carefully. It normally takes 1 day for you to start feeling better but recovery time will depend on the kind of procedure that has been carried out.
Why am I required to come in for teeth cleaning so often?
Regular management and maintenance is required in periodontal disease. Based on the condition of your teeth, we will recommend the number of visits that you are required to make. It is important that you stick to that schedule in order to maintain dental health
Which toothbrush should I use?
We recommend that you use an electric toothbrush. Brands like Oral B, Braun and Sonicare are reliable.
What is the amount of radiation that I am exposed to when dental x-rays are taken?
With the current day digital X-ray technology, there is very little exposure to radiation.
I heard children can't get gum disease. Is this true?

Absolutely not. Children can get gum disease with poor oral hygiene.

Children are highly susceptible to gum disease as they've yet to master the motor skills to properly and effectively brush their teeth. This is why at our Family Practice, we insist you bring in everyone from your children to your grandparents for preventative dental care. In between dental visits, remember to check your child for periodontal disease, including bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth and bad breath.

Our Hamilton Family Dentistry clinic has years of experience with treating all forms of periodontal disease. If you have any more questions related to the kinds of dental treatment we offer, contact us at (905) 662-6700 or 800 Queenston Road, Suite 18, Stoney Creek and make an appointment today.

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