Treating periodontal problems can help you achieve a healthy mouth and help prevent tooth loss. In fact, with prompt treatment, proper home care, and regular dental visits, a great majority of Denver patients can keep their teeth for a lifetime. After evaluating your periodontal health, Denver dentist Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD will work with you to determine the periodontal treatment and dental care options that best meet your needs.
If periodontal disease is your problem, the periodontal treatment can vary widely depending on how far the disease has progressed. If caught in the early stages, simple periodontal procedures are done that will remove the plaque and calculus from below the gum line and disrupt the infection-causing bacteria. If the disease has advanced to the point where the periodontal pockets are deep and the supporting bone is lost, further treatment might be necessary.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Periodontal disease is a serious problem and early warning signs mean that you should be calling our office promptly. The beginning stages of gum disease such as bloody gums are commonly mistaken for signs that you are brushing too hard but this usually is not the case. If your gums are bleeding then you may be experiencing early symptoms of gum disease. Other symptoms include:
Bleeding gums during tooth brushing or otherwise
Sensitive, red or swollen gums
Teeth that are loose or appear to have shifted
Gum Disease Stages
There are three stages of gum disease including gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The earliest stage is shown by inflamed gums and if not treated properly can lead to the next stage, periodontitis. Periodontitis means that the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged which can lead to the final stage where these bones and fibers can be destroyed. If the final stage, advanced periodontitis occurs, it is possible that you may lose some teeth.
Other Risks of Gum Disease
In addition to problems with your dental health gum disease has also been linked to other more serious diseases including heart disease, respiratory disease, and pre-term pregnancy. The importance of good oral health care and prevention is the key to hindering gum disease before it begins. If plaque around the teeth is left to accumulate it can enter the bloodstream and lead to clot formation and cardiovascular diseases.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of periodontal disease contact our office immediately. Back to Restorative Dentistry.
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.