In Centennial, CO, Dr. Bruce Lee and Dr. Robert Lee can provide you with the most advanced periodontal care to treat gum disease and manage symptoms. Periodontics specifically focuses on inflammatory diseases affecting the tissue and supporting structures surrounding the teeth. With extensive training in family and cosmetic dentistry, our doctors focus on the latest techniques for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease. We also strive to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible during each procedure. We can treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis and have many conservative treatments available that can reverse the damage done by gum disease. Our primary goal is to improve your oral health and keep you smiling for years to come.
Our doctors focus on the latest techniques for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease.
Preventing Oral Health Issues
Periodontal or gum disease can lead to significant oral health issues if not effectively treated, including tooth or bone loss. Studies reveal that gum disease may also be associated with many health-related problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis. When plaque or tartar remains on healthy teeth for longer than necessary, it can lead to inflammation of the gums. The gums become tender, red, and swollen and can bleed very easily when brushed or flossed. When gum disease is caught at this early stage, it is easily reversible. With daily brushing and flossing, along with regular cleanings by our treatment team, we can put you back on the right track.
Symptoms of Periodontal DiseaseIf you are struggling with periodontal disease, you may experience:
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Red, swollen gums
- Tender, bleeding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Gum recession or teeth that appear unnaturally long
At The Dentist of Colorado we can evaluate your medical history and examine your gums and teeth. We can also use a tiny “probe,” similar to a ruler, to measure pocket depth around your teeth. In a healthy mouth the pocket depth should be generally between one and three millimeters. If necessary, we may also take x-rays to identify any bone loss.
Scaling and Root Planing
Among the periodontal disease treatments available is deep cleaning, also referred to as scaling and root planing. During treatment, we remove plaque below and above the gum line. Root planing removes the rough spots on the tooth root as well as any bacteria that may gather. This procedure is quite effective and results in minimal bleeding, discomfort, and swelling.
Often, medication may be prescribed in addition to deep cleaning. These medications can include a prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse or oral antibiotics. Other medications include antiseptic chips that are placed in the pockets after a deep cleaning is performed, which slowly release medication over a period of time.
Flap surgery is how a periodontist removes tartar deposits in deep pockets or reduces the pocket itself to make it easier for the patient to keep clean. We can surgically lift the gums and remove tartar, before suturing the gum tightly around the tooth.
Bone and Tissue Grafts
This treatment for periodontitis is performed to regenerate any bone or gum tissue lost due to gum disease. During bone grafting, a synthetic bone is placed in the area of bone loss to promote bone regrowth. Another technique is tissue grafting. During this procedure, we can surgically remove tissue from the roof of the mouth, or use synthetic tissue, and then place this tissue over exposed tooth roots.
Risk Factors of Gum Disease
There are a number of factors that can increase a patient’s risk of developing gum disease, including:
- Smoking: Smoking not only poses a significant risk, but also decreases your chances of receiving successful treatment.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes makes gums more sensitive, and therefore, easier for gum disease to develop.
- Diabetes: People with diabetes are at a higher risk for periodontal disease and should be seen by a dentist as required.
- Medications: Certain over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can reduce the flow of saliva, which naturally protects the mouth from bacteria and plaque. Without sufficient saliva, your mouth becomes vulnerable to infection.
- Genetics: Some people are genetically more prone to severe gum disease than others.
During your consultation, our team can review these variables to help you maintain a healthy smile.
Our doctors offer services that not only treat the problem, but also provide effective treatment plans and preventative care tips in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Every staff member, from the receptionists to the dental hygienist, strives for excellence and focuses on the needs of our patients. It is this shared attitude that makes us the number one practice in our community.
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Dr. Robert Lee, Dr. Bruce Lee and their exceptional staff have provided patients and their families with cutting-edge technology and the latest techniques to ensure successful periodontal treatments. Schedule an appointment today or call us at (303) 400-9700 to see for yourself why clients keep coming back to our office year after year.