One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
If you struggle with tender, swollen gums and are worried about the impact on your oral health, we offer effective ways to treat gum disease before it leads to long-term damage. Our team at Incredible Smiles is committed to providing advanced periodontal therapy in our Boulder office, to help you regain oral health and wellness.
The Importance of Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal therapy plays a crucial role in preventing, treating, and managing gum disease. Healthy gums are essential for the stability and longevity of your teeth, and addressing periodontal issues early can save you from costly and invasive treatments in the future.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition affecting the supporting tissue of your teeth. It begins as gingivitis, a reversible stage where gums become inflamed due to plaque buildup. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form leading to bone loss, tooth mobility, and eventually tooth loss. Proactive periodontal therapy helps to prevent gum disease by identifying and tackling the signs of gingivitis early on, preventing further deterioration. Signs that you might be suffering from periodontal disease include bleeding, redness, soreness, swelling and receding gums.
Keeping Teeth and Gums Healthy
Periodontal therapy encompasses various treatment options aimed at maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Some of these treatments include:
- Scaling and root planing, a deep-cleaning process that removes plaque and calculus from your teeth and smooths root surfaces to encourage gum reattachment.
- Flap surgery or pocket reduction, a procedure to reduce the pockets that form around affected teeth and facilitate efficient plaque removal.
- Regenerative procedures, such as bone grafting or the placement of tissue-stimulating proteins, targeted at repairing damaged bone and gum tissue.
Depending on your individual needs, our dental professionals will recommend the most suitable periodontal therapy treatments to ensure optimal gum health.
Promoting Overall Health
Studies have shown a strong correlation between oral health and general systemic health. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory infections have been linked to periodontal disease. By maintaining your gum health through periodontal therapy, you’re not only preserving your smile but also safeguarding your overall well-being. Regular visits to Incredible Smiles for teeth cleanings and proactive treatments contribute significantly to the prevention of gum disease, setting you on the path to a healthier, happier life.