Gum Disease Treatment & Prevention
Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada – Arvada, CO
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a progressive infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Left untreated, it can cause tooth loss and even systemic problems, affecting your whole body. Gum disease is caused by bacteria which is present in the sticky film of plaque that covers our teeth and gums. Because it is often painless in its beginning stages, it can only be properly diagnosed by a dentist.
Stages and Symptoms of Gum Disease
● Gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease. Gums are swollen, red, and bleed easily. The infection is still reversible at this stage with professional dental cleaning and good oral hygiene at home.
● Periodontitis – advanced gum disease. With chronic periodontitis, your teeth become loose and start moving from their correct position in your mouth. This is caused by the loss of supportive tissue and bone around the teeth. The gums may start receding or pulling away from the teeth. The speed of the progression varies from patient to patient. Treatment is critical to prevent tooth loss and other complications.
● Aggressive Gum Disease – highly destructive form of periodontal disease. There is a rapid loss of tissue and bone, which may affect part of the mouth or the whole mouth.
Treatment for Gum Disease
The very best treatment for gum disease is prevention. Plaque bacteria is kept at bay with daily brushing and flossing of the teeth, and prevention is reinforced with regular dental cleanings.
At Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada, we offer several treatments for gum disease, including:
● Laser Assisted Scaling and Root Planing – therapy to remove plaque, stain, and calculus (tartar) from tooth surfaces below the gumline and smooth root surfaces of teeth exposed by advancing periodontal disease.
● Oral Hygiene Instruction – individualized instruction in the use of periodontal aides and medicines to help in the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.
● Laser Corrective Periodontal Surgery – surgical correction of existing defects to facilitate easier maintenance of the periodontal (gum) tissues.
Gum Disease is Not Just About Your Gums
Research has been ongoing regarding the relationship between gum disease and systemic diseases. Though it may not be cause and effect, there is definitely a connection between the presence of gum disease and other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Oral health is part of your overall health and should be looked after with the same diligence.
When Should I See the Dentist?
If you start to notice some of the early symptoms of gum disease, whether or not you are experiencing pain, make an appointment to see Dr. Pollack or Dr Phan right away. Prevention and early detection are the best weapons against progressive gum disease and tooth loss. Schedule an appointment online or call 303-940-1910..