When to See Our Aurora / Littleton Periodontists
Many times a therapy called “deep cleanings” or “periodontal root treatment therapy” or “scaling and root planing “ are an appropriate first line of treatment. This involves removing the bacterial plaque and tarter from the depth of the gum pockets and typically requires patients to be numbed for their comfort. This treatment is not meant to regenerate the lost bone support but instead to prevent progression of disease. Sometimes this treatment is effective in reducing the pockets to a maintainable level but many times in more severe cases additional therapies are required. General dentists and hygienists routinely perform these deep cleanings and will re-assess the gum healing several weeks later. If the disease is not controlled, then a periodontist will be involved with treatment.
Referrals From General Dentists and Self-Referrals
Signs You Should See a Periodontist in Aurora or Littleton, CO
Bleeding while eating or brushing
Loose teeth and gum recession
Diagnosis and Treatment
Before initiating any dental treatment, the periodontist must extensively examine the gums, jawbone, and general condition of the teeth. When gingivitis or periodontal disease is officially diagnosed, our Littleton / Aurora periodontists have a number of options available to treat the underlying infection, halt the recession of the soft tissue, and regenerate supporting tissues, or replace teeth which may be missing.
Gingivitis/Mild Periodontal Disease
Moderate Periodontal Disease
Advanced Periodontal Disease
- Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
- Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease and Stroke
- Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis
- Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy
- Periodontal Disease and Respiratory Disease
- Mouth – Body Connection
- Causes of Periodontal Disease
- Types of Periodontal Disease
What If I Have an Infection of My Dental Implant?
Implants are (in most cases) the best option for replacing lost teeth. They do not get cavities (caries) and prevent the damage to adjacent teeth as seen with bridges and partial dentures. Unfortunately, they can have problems, including stress overload from grinding or can have gum disease called Peri-implantitis. As with natural teeth, there can be bone loss, recession, or inflammation around dental implants. Periodontists are the main dental professional who have the tools and skills needed to treat these ailing implants. Not all implants could or should be saved but we will give you guidance on what treatment will be best for those with this disease. Because we treat many of these cases, we also know what implants have had problems and which have worked out well. Thus, having the initial implant with us will lower the chances of needing your implant replaced or treated in the future.