Periodontal Treatment in Denver Highlands
Gum disease. It’s a big problem in this country, and the American Academy of Periodontology estimates that as many as 75 percent of U.S. citizens suffer from periodontal disease. A lot of those people aren’t receiving treatment—and many of them might not even be aware that they have it. The fact is that some people are predisposed to periodontal disease. If you happen to be one of the not-so-lucky ones, you will want to aggressively address this issue.
Call Dr. Kara Arnold and Dr. Jennifer Rohleder at Highland Smiles to treat your gum disease, regardless of what stage it might be in.
What Causes Gum Disease?
It’s easy to assume that the main cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene habits, but the truth is there are a number of causes in addition to a shortage of dental checkups. The main reason is the way the body responds to plaque. Different people respond to bacteria in the mouth differently, and this is based on a number of factors, including genetics, cigarette smoking, and the immune system.
Recognizing Gum Disease
Gum disease involves the build-up of germ-laden tartar and calculus on the teeth to the point that the bacteria erode gum tissue, creating deep pockets. If these pockets are not cleaned out, the bacteria will work its way into the bone and destroy the foundation holding your teeth in place.
If you don’t go to the dentist regularly, you might not be sure of the health of your gums. The best way to find out if you have gum disease is to come in to our office for an exam. Dr. Arnold or Dr. Rohleder can examine your mouth for any signs of the disease.
Although many times there are no symptoms for gum disease, if you have any of the following, come in to our office right away:
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
- Bad breath that lingers, regardless of how often you brush
- Gums that are swollen, tender, and red
- Loosening and separating teeth
- The formation of pus between gums and teeth
- Teeth that look longer because gums have pulled away
Healthy gums don’t just mean your smile is more attractive; healthy gums also protect your teeth from plaque. Not only does periodontal disease put your smile in danger, but it can mean your overall health is potentially compromised.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
For mild cases of periodontal illness, we complete a careful and meticulous cleaning of the gum pockets by removing the plaque, calculus, and bacteria causing the problem. We also work with you to create a home care program and an ongoing periodontal treatment schedule so your disease does not progress.
Scaling and root planing is a gum disease treatment that involves the removal of plaque and bacteria from below the gum line. Hand tools and lasers are used in lieu of surgery. The roots of the teeth are also smoothed to encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth. After the procedure, periodontal pockets become smaller and gums are once again healthy.
One of the elements of an attractive smile is a harmonious gum line. The dentists at Highland Smiles use the laser to contour gums for cosmetic or functional purposes. Uneven gums can be made symmetrical in minutes using the state-of-the-art Sirona Laser. Drs. Arnold and Rohleder have completed advanced training and are considered experts with the Sirona Laser.
The Sirona Laser is also used to treat gum disease. No scalpels are used, and there are no sutures required with laser gum treatment, so gum disease treatment is gentle. Laser-assisted gum disease care restores gum health so that the diseased tissue is eliminated and bacteria are minimized. The laser also promotes healing and re-establishment of healthy gum structure.
Keeping Your Gums Strong and Healthy
At Highland Smiles, we work with our patients to ensure their gums remain healthy. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Arnold or Dr. Rohleder today to ensure the health of your gums.