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What is Periodontal Disease?

Treating Periodontal Disease in Denver and Centennial, CO

Adults commonly experience some form of gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss. While gum disease is widely experienced, proper oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings can often reverse early gum disease (gingivitis).  

However, because gingivitis tends to go unnoticed, by the time symptoms arise, the disease has often progressed to a point where intervention by a specialist is necessary. When gingivitis is not corrected, it advances to periodontitis, a condition in which bacteria destroys soft-tissue. Treating periodontitis involves far more complex procedures.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support teeth. When plaque (a sticky film of food debris and bacteria) is not removed, it turns into tartar.  Plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth and cause cavities.  It is when this material accumulates beneath the gum line, that soft-tissue and bone can begin to degrade. 

Not only is gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss, research strongly suggests a link exists between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses, such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, stroke, and complications of pregnancy. Genetics, some health conditions, and medications can also increase the chances of developing gum disease.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

In mild cases of gingivitis, there may be no discomfort or noticeable symptoms. The first signs of gingivitis may include:

  • Redness or Swelling – Gums should be firm and a dark pink color.
  • Bleeding While Brushing - Brushing and flossing do not cause healthy gums to bleed.
  • Bad Breath – Chronic halitosis is often caused by oral infections and bacterial overgrowth.
  • Receding Gum Line – As the disease progresses, teeth and supporting soft-tissue begin to separate and form pockets.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

When the infection begins destroying the soft tissues of the mouth, the above signs will persist, and the following additional symptoms may appear:

  • Tender Gums – Soreness with or without pressure indicate an advancing infection.
  • Significant Periodontal Pockets – As the supporting soft tissue deteriorates, pockets grow and become deeper.
  • Bad Taste in the Mouth – In addition to halitosis, a new unpleasant taste can point to periodontitis.
  • Widening Spaces Between Teeth – As the supporting tissue shrinks, teeth shift and become misaligned.
  • Loose Teeth – In the absence of injury, a loose tooth can be directly linked to probable periodontitis.

Other general signs of infection may be present, and prompt attention is vital to reduce the risk of tooth loss and reduced jaw bone mass.

A Periodontal Specialist You Can Trust

Dr. Brian Gurinsky is a board-certified periodontist who provides advanced treatment for gum disease in Denver and Centennial. He has an extensive understanding of periodontal disease, its progression, and the most effective treatment options.

Dr. Gurinsky has equipped our practice with the latest technology to combat gum disease and restore lost soft-tissue. He is highly trained and experienced with innovative techniques that offer precision and comfort, as well as far better results than traditional approaches.

To learn more about gum disease, or to schedule a consultation with our specialist, please call our Denver office today!

 

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