Gum Disease Therapy
Littleton Periodontal Treatment
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection in your gums that can affect both your dental and overall health. At Aspen Dental Center we check periodontal pocketing around each tooth and use modern technology, including the Dentrix software package, to help in the diagnosis of gum disease.
We offer special non-surgical methods, including anti-bacterial solutions, root planing and scaling to treat periodontal disease and stop bone loss. We’ll also work with you so ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy in the future.
- Charting and Diagnostic Services
- In-Office Therapy
Gum Disease: Serious but Treatable
At least 80% of the population has some degree of gum disease and most don’t know it. Gum disease is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss, and it does not give clear warning signs that an untrained eye would notice. A dentist or hygienist must do a thorough and complete examination to detect it; especially in it’s early stages. Gum disease is similar to high blood pressure, or heart disease, by the time the person who has it notices symptoms it is in its advanced stages.
Gum disease has been implicated as causative factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-mature births, and low birth weight. It is an infection of the gums and jawbones. The bacteria, and chemical by-products of your bodies attempt to fight the bacteria, can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in distant parts of the body. It critical to have the teeth cleaned and a thorough examination a minimum of twice a year, and it is critical that you do a thorough job at home cleaning the teeth twice daily. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Today there are numerous aids available to help us, which include special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications can help. Your dentist can decide the appropriate treatment method only after examination of your condition.