achieve a healthier smile with one of our periodontal care treatments
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious and chronic bacterial infection that affects the soft and hard tissues within the mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 percent of people in the U.S. over the age of 30 have some type of periodontal disease. Because it can be fast growing, it’s imperative to seek treatment as soon as side effects develop.
Because the early signs are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, attending routine cleanings and examinations can help detect the early stages and prevent serious issues from developing. Our dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care provide a range of periodontal treatments to help protect your oral health.
why timely treatment is important
In recent years, studies have shown that the health of your mouth and body are interrelated. One can impact the other – either positively or negatively. Periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, oral cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke. Taking great care of your teeth and gums can prevent these issues from developing so you can enjoy a long and healthy life.
You have a greater risk of being diagnosed if you smoke, chew tobacco, or have a family history of periodontal disease. Other risk factors include:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Unaddressed tooth decay
- Certain medications that cause dry mouth
- Hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy or oral contraceptives
common signs and symptoms
Below are the warning signs of periodontal disease to be aware of:
- Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that easily bleed
- Tender and red gums
- Gum inflammation
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Dental sensitivity
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Gum recession
While periodontal disease can have a negative impact on your overall physical health, it can also wreck havoc on your oral health, resulting in tooth loss and bone degeneration. By attending routine examinations, the dentist can identify possible issues in the earliest stages using a periodontal probe and x-rays. The type of treatment recommended will depend on the progression of the disease.
bad breath treatment
This treatment is considered preventative in nature and can remove harmful bacteria before it sets in around your gum line. The first step involves professionally cleaning and flossing in between your teeth. We will also provide at-home care treatment recommendations, which will involve purchasing a tongue scraper to remove foul smelling and unhealthy bacteria from your tongue. The dentist may also recommend rinsing with an antibacterial mouth wash daily after you brush and floss you teeth.
scaling and root planing
For the early stages of periodontal disease, we can perform an even deeper cleaning that includes scaling and root planing. During this treatment, an ultrasonic scaling device is used to meticulously remove stubborn plaque build-up from the base of the tooth and beneath the gum line. A root planing device will then be used to smooth the root surface of the tooth so the loosened gums will reattach and heal. Reducing pocket depths prevents food and harmful bacteria from getting trapped, as well as prevents side effects from worsening. If necessary, topical antibiotic will be applied to eliminate any further bacteria.
In its more advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to gum recession that may require gum grafting. When this occurs, it can lead to dental sensitivity and uneven gum line, as well as place you at greater risk for tooth loss. Our dentists will harvest tissue from the roof of your mouth or from a tissue bank and stitch it in place over the recessed area. Doing so promotes gum regeneration and a healthy and aesthetically pleasing gum line.
When the former treatments are unsuccessful, gum surgery is generally recommended. During this procedure, an incision will be made along the gum line to remove unhealthy bacteria deep below it’s surface. Once removed, the tissue will be sutured tightly around the base of the tooth. If necessary, a diode laser can be used to trim any damaged tissue.
Our dentists have many years of experience and will recommend the periodontal treatment best suited for your needs. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today online or call (303) 534-2626. We are located in downtown Denver and Lone Tree.