Periodontics

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Gum Disease / Perio Treatment

Many patients wonder why flossing is so important to their dental health. If plaque and calculus (tartar) are allowed to build up along and under the gum line, your gums will become irritated and inflamed. When this happens, they can begin to recede and pull away from your teeth. In turn, air pockets open up under your gum line, where bacteria can breed and flourish, causing tooth decay, bone loss in your jaw, infection, and eventual tooth loss.

Periodontal treatments focus on caring for and restoring your gums to their former healthy and attractive state. At HollowBrook Family Dentistry, we offer the latest, most effective, and most comfortable periodontal treatments to rid your teeth and roots of plaque and calculus so that your gums can heal and fully support your teeth again.

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

When gum disease first manifests as gingivitis, we might just recommend more frequent and thorough flossing and a good anti-microbial mouthwash, along with regular oral exams until the problem subsides. If your gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, we will most likely recommend periodontal scaling and root planing.

For this procedure, we will numb your mouth so that we can perform a deep cleaning on your teeth and roots beneath the surface of the gum line. This will rid your teeth of the plaque and calculus that are irritating your gums and allow them to heal properly.

Traditionally, this procedure took a lot of time and was very uncomfortable, but with our EMS periodontal scaling devices, we can perform all of your scaling quickly and easily. Thanks to the numbing medication, you won’t feel a thing, and thanks to ultrasonic technology used in these tools, the procedure is both fast and effective. With these tools we can remove more plaque, calculus, and stains from your teeth than we could have with older, less effective equipment.

What to Expect After Periodontal Treatment

After treatment, your gums may be slightly sore or tender for a day or two, but you should not experience difficulty or pain while eating or drinking. You may want to avoid flossing for a day or so, depending on how your gums feel, but you will be able to brush your teeth normally immediately. After the tenderness subsides, we highly recommend regular flossing along with regular brushing. You can also stimulate your gums by gently brushing them when you brush your teeth.

Once treatment is complete we generally schedule a follow-up exam and cleaning within the next three months. At that time, we will examine your teeth and gums, clean your teeth, and Dr. Smith or Dr. Erlander will determine whether further gum disease treatment is still necessary.

Benefits of Periodontics

Periodontics is the branch of dental health care that focuses on the health of your gums. When a patient has gum disease, it is called periodontal disease, and it is a serious issue that can cause a lot of other health problems if not properly treated. The benefits of periodontics treatment include:

Prevent Tooth Decay

One of the benefits of periodontics is that it can help stop tooth decay, meaning you will not have as many cavities. Plaque that builds up on your teeth especially loves to hide under your gums, which can create pockets of air where bacteria can breed. This leads to more decay. By protecting your gums, you stop plaque and bacteria in their tracks.

Prevent Bone Loss

Bone loss is a serious issue that goes beyond having a cavity. When a tooth becomes decayed beyond filling, it may have to be replaced or capped in order to stay functional. Both of these treatments can be pricey. Gum treatment, on the other hand, can help you save that money by preventing the problem in the first place.

Improve Your Smile

Unhealthy gums are just as unattractive as stained teeth. They are puffy, dark, may bleed, and may be very sensitive. When your gums look healthy, you will feel more confident with your smile.

Learn More From Your Periodontist in Colorado Springs

There are many benefits of periodontics, and as your periodontist in Colorado Springs, we can help you understand them all. Do you have a question about gum treatment, or want to schedule an appointment to address the issues you have had with your gum health? You can call us at 719-633-0049, or contact our Colorado Springs office online through our contact form.