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Dental Emergencies, orthodontics, frenectomy, gingivectomy, and oral pathology.

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DENTAL EMERGENCIES

If you have a tooth that is loose, just fell out, or is causing you pain, you can call us for any urgent emergency for your mouth and we can schedule you in!

Here are some tips you can follow in the meantime:

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  • TOOTHACHE
      • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater
      • Apply a cold compress or ice for any pain and swelling.
      • You can find over-the-counter pain relief capsules, but do not apply anything directly to the tooth. 
      • Contact our office for an emergency appointment
  • KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
      • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater
      • Retrieve the broken piece, carefully rinse it to remove debris, and place it in a bottle of milk or salt and water.
      • Contact our office for an emergency appointment
  • LOST DENTAL CROWN OR FILLING 
      • Dental cement or toothpaste can help reattach the crown to the exposed tooth. Clove oil can help with pain.
      • Contact your dentist as soon as possible so that the crown can be reattached to the tooth. If it can’t be reattached, we can replace it.
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  • DENTAL ABSCESS
      • This can be serious and require a root canal if left untreated. You can gargle with saltwater for the time being, but contact our office as soon as possible.
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ORTHODONTIC SERVICES

We offer services that facilitate orthodontic treatment:

  • Exposure of unerupted teeth – some teeth do not erupt when they are supposed to. In these cases, the teeth may need to be surgically exposed to facilitate their eruption into their normal location in the mouth.
  • Periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics – certain surgical procedures can be carried out that can drastically decrease the overall treatment time for braces.
  • Frenectomy – The frenum is a small band of tissue that attaches your lip to your gums. If this band of tissue is attached to the gums between your front teeth it can push them apart, forming a space. In those situations, the frenum can be removed to prevent the space from recurring following braces.

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FRENECTOMY

A frenum is a small band of tissue which attaches the lip to the gums. The frenum may be attached too close to the gum line and pull on the tissue causing or worsening recession.

A frenum may also be attached between you two upper front teeth which can result in a space between these teeth. Sometimes following braces this space can re-open as the frenum continues to push the teeth apart.

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GINGIVECTOMY

A gingivectomy is a procedure in which excess gum tissue is removed in order to promote gum health or to improve the appearance of the teeth (e.g. make short teeth appear longer). A gingivectomy may be needed in cases where:

  • Gum disease has progressed to a point where the tissue needs to be removed
  • Gummy smiles where the gums cover the teeth, making the teeth appear short

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ORAL PATHOLOGY

There are many conditions that affect the oral cavity that family physicians do not get a lot of experience diagnosing or treating. It’s important to be screened for conditions affecting the oral cavity, including oral cancer, as they can have significant consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated. Dr. Iain Gibson has had additional training in the diagnosis and management or oral pathology, especially any pathologic conditions affecting your gums. Many times a diagnosis can be made during the clinical exam; however, other times a biopsy is needed. “Biopsy” can be an intimidating word as it is typically associated with cancer; however, biopsies are required for the diagnosis of many conditions, most of which are benign.

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At CCP we are committed to providing excellent periodontal care to Calgarians. Most patients are referred to our Calgary clinic by their general dentist, however a referral is not necessary. Simply request an appointment to schedule your consultation.

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