Periodontal Disease Treatment
You may have already heard of periodontal disease, but did you know that it affects one out of every two American adults ages 30 and over? Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic bacterial infection that attacks gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. If not treated promptly, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.
Periodontal disease can usually be prevented with routine professional dental cleanings and proper at-home oral hygiene practices. Dr. Litvak and our team have always been strong advocates of prevention as the most effective way to reduce the risk of developing gum disease.
However, if we find that you have a periodontal infection, we will use state-of-the-art treatments to revitalize your gums and minimize further breakdown.
Benefits of Healthy Gums
Treating gum disease is imperative to your dental and overall health. Along with tooth loss, bone loss, and painful abscesses, periodontal disease has also been linked to a host of other chronic health disorders including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic inflammation
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory disorders
- Low birthweight babies
Aside from the medical benefits, if you practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, you’re less likely to feel self-conscious about your smile, have infected gums that bleed, or have chronic bad breath. Most importantly, you’re less likely to suffer from tooth pain or the irreversible effects of periodontal disease, such as bone and tooth loss.
Gentle Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease starts when bacteria-laden plaque builds up between your teeth and under the gums. Without treatment, pockets deepen, separating the teeth and gums. Your teeth may loosen, and without treatment, they may be lost.
During each professional cleaning at our Denver dental office, our highly skilled dental hygienist looks for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the depth of these gum pockets. Depending on the extent of disease present, we may recommend scaling and root planing. Also referred to as a deep cleaning, this procedure involves gentle removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus deposits to aid in healing.
Ongoing Care and Prevention
Our goal is to restore and maintain the health of your teeth and gums by developing a personalized treatment plan. Your needs are unique, and our hygienist will customize your periodontal care to meet those specific needs. We’ll take the time to explain your treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have.
We can’t say it often enough – serious dental problems and complex treatments can easily be avoided with regular exams, professional cleanings, and effective at-home oral hygiene care. We’re here to support you during and after your treatment, and we’ll explain the steps you can take to prevent further infections.
Please Contact Our Office
The time to take steps to protect your oral health is sooner rather than later. If you believe you may have gum disease or if you are overdue for a dental cleaning, please contact our Denver dental office and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment for your next exam and cleaning. We look forward to being your partner in your oral health care!