To protect your teeth, you need to keep your gums healthy. We want to take care of any periodontal problems as soon as possible. With our non-surgical gum disease treatment in Highlands Ranch, you can:Dr. McCabe on Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment in Colorado Read Transcript
I like to describe the importance of periodontal therapy and health in terms of an analogy with houses. If you think of your mouth as a house, the gum and the bones are like the foundation. It's really important to the health of your mouth and your body overall to have a good foundation there. We diagnose periodontal disease based on probing depths that we take in a comprehensive evaluation. Nonsurgical periodontal therapy means we go in below the gums, make sure you're nice and comfortable to get out all that bacteria and junk that has built up underneath there that's causing the inflammation and infection that could lead to bone loss. Treating periodontal disease is very important because your mouth is the gateway to the entire body. Bacteria from the oral environment can be spread throughout the body. Recently we found in a lot of studies oral bacteria in arterial plaques contributing to heart disease and plaques found in the brain after a stroke. This is why we think it's really important to not only diagnose but treat and maintain your periodontal health.
- Prevent tooth loss
- Fight bad breath
- Boost your overall health
- Stop painful infections
We Can Help You Preserve Your Healthy Gums
Our doctors want to treat any gum infections quickly and early, before they can cause more serious problems. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
If we notice a problem, we’ll attack it with a treatment called scaling and root planing. This a two-step deep cleaning procedure. First, we remove tartar buildup on the roots of your teeth below your gumline. Then, we smooth the surface of the tooth roots so the tooth can reattach to the gums more easily.
If additional care is needed, we can prescribe an antibiotic to kill any harmful bacteria that may remain. In some situations, we may use laser dentistry to remove infected tissue. If you have any dental anxiety about these procedures, we use The Wand® to painlessly deliver local anesthetic. You also can receive dental sedation to ensure you are pain-free.
Act Now To Protect Your Oral Health
Dental health experts estimate that 3 out of every 4 people in the U.S. will develop gum disease during their lives. Advanced gum disease has been linked to diabetes complications, heart disease, and other systemic health problems. Periodontal disease also is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Don’t wait until you see the swollen, bleeding gums that indicate gingivitis. Plan to visit Highlands Ranch Smiles for a routine exam. This gives us a better chance to catch any problems early, which is when you can get the simplest, non-surgical gum disease treatment. In Highlands Ranch and the surrounding communities, call 720-644-8186 to make an appointment with us.