Gum disease is an infection of the tissues which support the teeth, this is otherwise known as periodontal disease within the dental community. Gum tissue supports your teeth, the teeth are connected with fibers that actually anchor the tooth and it’s root into the socket and bone of the jaw. The staff of Metropolitan Dental Care will assist you in developing a preventative care plan that will help you keep your gums healthy.
With regular examination of your gums, the staff of Metro Dental Care will regularly examine your gums during checkups. During the checkup a periodontal probe is typically used in order to identify any possible issues that may exist. Sometimes the dentist will recommend x-rays. Our Denver Dentists have many years of experience and so if there is any issue during the exam, your dentist will provide several options depending on the type of gum disease and how far the condition has progressed. In the end treatment is always the best way to prevent peritonitis. By delaying treatment or completely avoiding treatment, periodontis can become an inflammation which will erode the bone and ligament beneath the gums ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
When the staff at Metropolitan Dental Care complete a comprehensive cleaning, this includes a periodontal scaling which is a scrupulous procedure that will remove plaque as well as tartar deposits from below and beneath the gum line to the very bottom of the pocket. Sometimes additional steps may be needed such as root planing. Root planing is a procedure where roots of the teeth are actually “planed” to smooth out the root surface. This will allow the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth as it heals. In addition, root planing is also somewhat preventative in nature as it makes it more difficult for the plaque to build along the root surfaces. These treatments are preventative as they will stop further bleeding of the gums as well as reduce gum swelling and sensitivity from receding gums. The end goal is to prevent tooth loss, and these procedures will help prevent tooth loss and other symptoms of periodontal diseases.