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Understanding & Treating Gum Disease

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease all is not lost. At Alba Dental Centre, Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh and Dr. Nuha Baalbaki have the experience and training to treat all types of gum disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease are also essential in keeping your teeth for life.


While periodontal disease is treatable, vigilance is necessary to prevent recurrence. It includes instituting daily plaque removal through proper brushing and flossing as part of your home oral hygiene routine; seeking treatment to quit smoking; and establishing a regular schedule of clinical cleanings and checkups.


Root scaling and root planing: the first step in treating gum disease

Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh and Dr. Nuha Baalbaki will recommend that your teeth receive a thorough cleaning at our London dental clinic. This will remove the deposits of calcified plaque called calculus or tartar and other bacterial toxins which become ingrained into the root surfaces of your teeth. This process of mechanical cleaning is generally known as scaling and root planing using ultrasonic and hand scaling instruments. It may be carried out by one of our hygienist or one of our dentists. Scaling usually results in little or no pain, although in rare instances a patient may need mild pain medication for a day or two.

Surgical therapy: for treating advanced gum disease

Surgical treatment may be needed in more severe cases of periodontal disease that do not respond adequately to non-surgical gum therapy. Periodontal surgical treatment encompasses a variety of sophisticated plastic surgical procedures to repair and regenerate soft (gingival) and hard (bony) tissues and replace missing teeth with dental implants. Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh is trained general dentist in these techniques. Most procedures are performed with local anesthesia and sometimes with the use of intravenous or conscious sedation in the comfort of our London dental clinic. There is no need for a specialist referral in most cases. The objective of surgery is generally to eliminate pockets, regenerate attachment and return the patient to more normal function and aesthetics, while generally providing an environment more conducive to oral hygiene and maintenance care.