Are you someone who frequently experiences bleeding gums? Do you struggle with bad breath no matter how hard you brush your teeth? If yes, then it’s highly likely that you’re dealing with some form of gum disease. Fortunately, some solutions, like periodontal therapy, can help you with your gum disease. Our wonderful periodontists, Dr. Maryanne Butler and Dr. Amy Riffel, offer periodontal treatment at Mountainview Periodontics and Dental Implants and Periodontics of Cherry Creek in the Denver, Colorado, area to help heal your gums and relieve the pain that they may be causing you.
We proudly have two dental offices, Periodontics of Cherry Creek in Glendale, Colorado, and Mountainview Periodontics and Dental Implants in Parker, Colorado. With our expert periodontists, you can receive the care your teeth and gums need to heal and feel better.
Periodontal therapy refers to a range of treatments to stop the progression of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This condition is typically caused by bacteria in dental plaque, leading to inflammation, bone loss, recession, and, ultimately, tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal therapy may include non-surgical methods such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), antibiotic treatments, and rigorous oral hygiene practices. Surgical interventions for treating gum disease include flap surgery, osseous surgery (flap and osseous), and LANAP laser surgery. Flap surgery and osseous surgery are “cut and stitch” approaches, while LANAP avoids cutting and stitching. Flap surgery and osseous surgery involve folding the gums back to get access to the tooth roots and bone, which allows easier removal of bacteria and tartar buildup in areas that can’t be reached with scaling and root planing. The major difference between flap surgery and osseous surgery is that osseous surgery also requires modification/smoothing of bone around teeth to remove defects and irregularities in the bone that are contributing to gum diseases. Bone grafting may be recommended when bony defects are too large to be smoothed and require adding bone to preserve the jaw bone.
Removes Plaque and Tartar Build-up
Plaque and tartar build-up are the main culprits behind periodontitis. The bacteria from the plaque causes inflammation and irritation of the gums, leading to bleeding and soreness. Periodontal therapy removes plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth and gum line. This reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the pocket, which is the first step towards a healthy mouth. During the treatment, Dr. Maryanne Butler or Dr. Amy Riffel will use special tools to clean your teeth thoroughly and eliminate any harmful bacteria that may be present.
Promotes a Healthy Gum Line
Periodontal therapy is also beneficial in promoting a healthy gum line. When the gum line is healthy, it fits snugly around the teeth and prevents bacterial invasion. The therapy helps eliminate the deep pockets that may have formed around your teeth, which are often a sign of periodontitis. By removing the deep pockets and promoting a healthy gum line, periodontal therapy helps improve your oral health and keeps your mouth free of harmful germs.
Prevents the Spread of Harmful Bacteria
One of the most significant benefits of periodontal therapy is that it helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. Bacteria from the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, leading to various health complications. Bacteria can also be transferred from one person to another and predispose your loved ones to future gum disease. With periodontal therapy, your dentist will eliminate harmful bacteria from your mouth, preventing it from spreading to other parts of your body and/or other individuals. This helps improve your overall health and well-being in the long run.
Improves Your Overall Quality of Life
Finally, periodontal therapy helps improve your overall quality of life by reducing the risk that your periodontal disease can cause other health concerns and reducing symptoms of gum disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Maintaining good oral health can positively impact your overall general health. Gum disease can cause pain, discomfort, and bad breath, making it difficult for you to socialize and communicate effectively. With periodontal therapy, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the condition of your teeth and gums, allowing you to smile, talk, and eat confidently.
Periodontal Therapy in Denver, CO
Periodontal therapy is a valuable tool for managing and treating gum disease. It’s essential to understand that periodontal therapy is not just about cleaning teeth; it also focuses on educating patients on good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum disease from developing and progressing. Schedule a consultation with us today if you have any concerns or symptoms of gum disease, and take action before it’s too late. You can maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile with the proper knowledge and care.