Gum Disease Affects Millions of Americans
Periodontal (gum) disease is incredibly common in the U.S.—over 47 percent of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of this disease. Gum disease is the result of plaque and tartar build up leading to infection and inflammation of the gums and bone surrounding infected teeth. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is reversible if treated early on. However, if left untreated, gum disease will advance to periodontitis, which cannot be cured, only treated. If you are experiencing any signs of gum disease, it is important to treat it right away to prevent further damage.
Stages and Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen or painful gums
- Bleeding when you brush, floss or eat
- Gums begin to recede from the teeth
- Gaps appear between the teeth
- Dental pockets form between the teeth and gums
- Shifting, loose or moving teeth
- Irreparable damage to supporting structures
- Tooth loss
Options to Treat Periodontal Disease
Scaling and Root Planing
A deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from below the gum line where you could not reach normally. This will help the gums reattach to the teeth and reduce periodontal pockets.
We can remove excess or diseased gum tissue to help eliminate places for bacteria to thrive. By removing infected gums, healthy tissue will be able to grow and reattach to your teeth, reducing periodontal pocketing.
The ultimate in deep cleaning to remove infection from your gums and teeth. We will remove infected gum tissue, bacteria buildup around the tooth roots and reshape your jaw bone for healthy reattachment of the gums.
After being treated for periodontal disease, regular maintenance is needed every few months to control bacteria and keep your gums healthy. We will clean your teeth under the gum line to ensure no bacteria or buildup occurs.
Periodontists Specialize in Periodontal Disease
Dr. John Thousand has received his Master’s Degree in periodontology from the Colorado School of Dental Medicine and is also a board-certified periodontist, so he is experienced with the care and treatment of your gums. Our extraordinary staff go above and beyond for our patients for both their care and comfort. For anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry to ease the nerves and provide a nearly painless experience. Allow us to help you control gum disease and save your smile with our effective techniques and experienced care.