Gum Disease Treatment In Boulder
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) occurs when calculus, a kind of hardened plaque, or biofilm, a brushing- and flossing-resistant type of bacteria, gets stuck between the gums and teeth. Eventually, the bacteria begins to affect the health of the gum around your teeth. In severe cases, periodontal disease has been shown to impact your overall health as well, even leading to heart disease. Because gum disease is hardly noticeable in the early stages, you might have gum disease and not even know it.
Lafayette, CO dentist Dr. Gordon West will be able to determine if you have gum disease by measuring the space between your tooth and gum, and performing other simple tests. He will be able to quickly determine the health of your gums and suggest treatment if necessary.
How Does A Dentist Find Periodontal Disease?
- Testing how much space there is between your tooth and gum.
- Checking bone health, including looking for calculus, on your x-rays.
- Observing your gum health based visual indicators of early or advanced gum disease.
Treatment for Gum Disease
First, your teeth will be cleaned to remove all of the plaque and tartar, leaving a smooth surface. Next, your dentist will clean the tartar and bacteria out of the space between your teeth and the gum. This can be done very easily with our CO2 dental laser or by applying antibiotics, called Arestin®, directly onto the infected areas. Treatment type will vary depending on how deep or widespread the infection is, but regardless of how widespread your gum disease is, we have effective treatment options available and will monitor your progress to ensure that optimal health is restored to your gums.
Don’t wait to schedule an appointment to ensure that your mouth and smile retain their natural charm and beauty by preserving and maintaining your oral health.
If you are in the Boulder area and have further questions about gum disease treatment, call our Lafayette, CO dentist office today at 720-216-2298, or send the simple form on the right, and we will contact you.