Gum Disease Treatment and Periodontal Care in Denver
Periodontitis is a serious and harmful health condition commonly known as gum disease. This infection starts in the soft tissues of the mouth and spreads to the bone. Once the jawbone is weakened, it can cause tooth loss. If you suspect that you may have periodontitis, call our office right away. The sooner we start your treatment, the greater your chances at avoiding serious health complications.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is typically the result of poor dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly can significantly reduce your chances of developing this disease.
Some common symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Changes in gum color (mostly bright red or purple)
- Pain while eating
- Loosening teeth
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Changes in your bite
- A receding gum line
It is important to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. A trained Dentist can detect early signs of gum disease and help you prevent it and refer you to a specialist when appropriate.
The Different Types of Periodontitis
There is more than one kind of periodontitis. Your treatment options will depend largely on your diagnosis. Chronic periodontitis comes from plaque buildup in the mouth. It can be quite damaging if it is not treated quickly. Aggressive periodontitis is a more rapid and far-reaching version of this illness.
Lastly, patients can develop necrotizing periodontal disease. It is characterized by dead gum tissue because of insufficient blood supply caused by an immune system deficiency. HIV/AIDS patients, chemotherapy patients, or malnourished individuals are at a higher risk.