According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, pre-term birth, diabetes and other systemic health issues. This is why all patients at Applewood Dental in Wheat Ridge receive a thorough periodontal screening to evaluate the health of their gums and surrounding bone.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums that spreads to the surrounding bone, cementum and ligaments around the tooth. Periodontal disease has many stages that can be gauged from measuring pocket depths, recording areas of bleeding, and monitoring bone loss on radiographs. The later stages of periodontal disease can lead to such severe bone loss that teeth may feel loose and/or not be restorable. When a tooth is not restorable it must be removed from the mouth.
How do we treat periodontal disease at Applewood Dental in Wheat Ridge?
The goal in treating periodontal disease is to remove the bacteria and toxins from the root and crown portion of the teeth. This can be most effectively done with a deep cleaning — also known as – scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is cleaning the tooth under the gum tissue and completely removing the tarter build up while smoothing the root surfaces of the teeth, making it harder for bacteria to adhere to them. This is all done after numbing so you are comfortable during the scaling and root planing at Applewood Dental in Wheat Ridge. The most important part of the deep cleaning process is the maintenance – generally done three to four times a year after scaling and root planning for as long as you have teeth. With continual professional cleanings and good oral hygiene at home, the goal is to stabilize and stop the periodontal disease from progressing.