Why Choose Chinook Dental Group?
Three Dental Specialties
Receive comprehensive care for three dental specialties.
Receive timely care and schedule immediate appointments.
No Judgement Services
Receive dental care without feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable.
Dr. Javier Cabrales
Dr. Javier Cabrales completed the Graduate Periodontics program at the University of Manitoba in June 2020. Prior to his periodontal training, he received his DMD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 and thereafter worked as a general dentist for 3 years prior to entering postgraduate studies.
As a trained periodontist, he specializes in the placement of dental implants and the management of periodontal disease.
Dr. Cabrales is fluent in both English and Spanish and was drawn to Calgary for its mountains. When not at work, he enjoys going for long walks with his dog, snowboarding, cycling, and playings sports such as soccer and squash.
What is a gum graft?
A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, is a surgical procedure in which a piece of tissue is taken from one area of the mouth and placed over a tooth that has receded gums. This helps to protect the exposed root of the tooth and improve the appearance of the gum line.
The periodontist at Chinook Dental Group is trained to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the gums, such as gum recession. Our specialist can perform gum grafts and other procedures to improve the health and appearance of the gums.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on the teeth, and tartar is hardened plaque that can only be removed by a periodontist.
The bacteria in plaque and tartar release toxins that irritate and inflame the gums, leading to gum disease. Poor oral hygiene, genetics, smoking, and certain medical conditions can also contribute to the development of gum disease.
How do we treat gum disease?
Gum disease is treated through a combination of professional cleaning, at-home oral care, and medication.
Our periodontist will typically perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to clear up any remaining bacteria.
The patient will also be instructed on proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain healthy gums and prevent the disease from reoccurring. In advanced cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage and restore the health of the gums.