Gum Disease Treatment – Ken Caryl, CO
Healthy Gums Are The Foundation Of Your Smile
Just like a house needs a solid foundation to stand strong for many years, your teeth need a healthy “support system” so they can function well throughout your life. You may not spend much time thinking about your gums, but they affect your smile and even your overall health in surprising ways. Fortunately, although gum disease affects millions of Americans, Dr. Kutis and our experienced team at Blue Sage Dental can diagnose and treat it to minimize the impact on your oral health.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Oftentimes, gum disease doesn’t cause pain or discomfort until the advanced stages. But there are still warning signs to be aware of:
- Bleeding gums (including after brushing or flossing)
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Chronic bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Gum recession
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth or discomfort when chewing (this occurs in later stages)
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment right away so we can examine your gums and recommend the best treatment.
The Importance of Early Diagnosis
Gum health is important for multiple reasons. First and foremost, healthy gums support your teeth and keep them in place. In fact, in advanced stages of gum disease the teeth can become loose and fall out, which is why it’s the #1 cause of tooth loss.
Equally alarming is the impact of gum disease on your overall health. There have been countless studies done in recent years showing that it increases the risk of all of the following:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Some cancers
Although gum disease has a serious impact on your oral health and well-being, we have multiple types of gum disease treatment in Ken Caryl to effectively treat it.
Multiple Treatment Options
If you have gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, it can often be reversed with good oral hygiene habits and regular cleanings. More advanced stages of gum disease can’t be cured, but we can treat the condition to keep it from progressing. This will reduce your risk of the health risks associated with gum disease and also prevent tooth loss.
The first type of therapy we recommend is called a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, which is typically done in more than one appointment. One of our gentle, experienced hygienists will start by making sure you’re numb and comfortable before removing the deposits of bacteria-laden tartar under your gumline.
Topical antibiotic therapy is a fantastic addition to scaling and root planing, in which we place an antibiotic gel right where it needs to be to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. This is similar to the way antibiotic ointment works after you’ve cleaned out a cut and adds a layer of antibacterial protection. Then we’ll recommend professional maintenance cleanings every 3, 4, or 6 months to keep your gums healthy over the long-term.
As a dentist in Ken Caryl, we’ve used these treatments to help countless patients get their smile back on track. If you think your gum health isn’t what it could be, don’t hesitate to get in touch!