Gum Disease Therapy – Denver, CO
Prevent Tooth Loss With Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease affects an estimated 65 million Americans and has serious consequences for your oral and overall health. Although it can’t be cured, you can keep it from progressing with gum disease therapy in Denver. Effectively treating your gums will not only minimize your risk of tooth loss but has also been found to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious conditions as well. Here at Pearl Dentistry, Dr. Glamm and Dr. Walker take gum disease very seriously and offer multiple treatment options to fit everyone’s needs, including a highly-effective soft-tissue laser. If you think your gums could use a little help, contact us today!
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease has been called a “silent disease” because, in many cases, it doesn’t cause pain until it’s advanced. Fortunately, your checkups include an annual gum examination to find gum problems early. Also, here are some signs and symptoms to be aware of between visits:
- Bleeding gums, particularly after brushing or flossing
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Pain or discomfort when chewing (often occurs in later stages)
- Gum recession
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment right away. The earlier we diagnose gum disease, the more effective treatment will be.
Gum Disease Therapy
If you have the first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, regular cleanings and good oral hygiene at home is usually all that’s needed. For later stages, where more of the gum tissue and underlying bone have been damaged, our first recommendation is a special type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Sometimes referred to as deep cleaning, this procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth and smoothing them to keep bacteria from re-accumulating. It’s usually done in 2-4 visits and you’ll be numbed beforehand for comfort.
Since maintaining your oral hygiene routine each day is crucial, we’ll also spend time giving you personalized tips for keeping your teeth and gums clean. In severe cases, Dr. Glamm or Dr. Walker may recommend you to a gum specialist called a periodontist for further evaluation and possible surgery.
In addition to deep cleanings, we also offer treatment with a soft-tissue laser. As a dentist in Denver, we’re thrilled to use this technology because it benefits our patients in so many ways.
Exceptional Treatment With a Soft-Tissue Laser
When you think of lasers, you may not immediately think of dentistry. But lasers are fantastic for treating many oral health issues, including gum disease. How does it work? Our specially-trained team will direct a concentrated beam of light under the gumline to target and kill bacteria, which is the source of gum disease.
This treatment is incredibly effective and offers all of the following benefits:
- The procedure is so comfortable that anesthetic usually isn’t necessary, which is especially helpful for patients who don’t like needles.
- No sutures or stitches are needed.
- A laser is a lot more gentle on the gum tissue, so there’s much less bleeding.
- Healing and recovery time is faster.
- A laser is more accurate and precise, so we can treat diseased gum tissue without affecting healthy tissue.
Finally, after treating your gums with either scaling and root planing, a soft-tissue laser, or both, we’ll have you come back for maintenance cleanings every 3, 4, or 6 months to keep your gums healthy over the long-term.