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Periodontal Procedures

Periodontal Procedures
Fort Collins Dental Center offers periodontic services in Fort Collins, CO. To make an appointment today, call our office at 970-482-1477.

What Is Periodontics?

Gum disease is an increasingly prevalent problem that needs prompt attention. Periodontics refers to the branch of dentistry that deals with the gums. Without healthy gums, teeth roots are dangerously exposed and could be subject to loss or extraction.

Our periodontal treatments include scaling, root planing, bone grafts, and extractions. We can help you overcome this dangerous condition and keep your teeth for many years.

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Benefits of Periodontics

Preserve Your Smile

People with periodontal disease often have receding gums, making their teeth appear aged. Many people feel self-conscious about receding gums and may feel reluctant to share their smiles. Preserving your gum health will keep your smile bright and attractive.

Fresher Breath

Gum disease can cause bad breath due to the overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth.

Saving Teeth

An essential goal of periodontal treatment is saving the patient's natural teeth. Periodontal disease causes receding gums, which leads to bone loss in the jaw. When the bone loses strength, it cannot support the teeth.

Shrinking Periodontal Pockets

Periodontal treatments like scaling and root planing shrink the deep pockets between the teeth and gums that form when too much plaque and tartar build-up at the gum line. These procedures reduce the severity of gum disease and help prevent future tooth loss.

Procedures Offered

Scaling and Root Planing. Scaling involves using specialized tools to remove tartar, focusing on the pockets between the teeth and gums. Left alone, the pockets cause gum recession, leading to eventual tooth loss. Root planing smooths and cleans the root surface, making it easier for the clean gums to reattach and shrink the pockets.

Bone Grafting. Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss around receded gum tissue. When patients lose bone to periodontal disease, tooth loss may be imminent.

To apply a bone graft, the dentist first opens the gums and makes a small flap to access the bone. The dentist disinfects and cleans the area. They then add bone grafting material to serve as a scaffold for natural growth. The dentist may cover the graft with a dissolvable membrane to protect the area. The gum tissue flap is replaced and closed with sutures for healing.

As the bone regrows, it protects the compromised teeth and lessens the chance that they will fall out or need extraction.

Extractions. When gum disease goes unchecked, tooth loss may occur. Sometimes dentists must extract teeth that have incurred too much damage to remain in the mouth and replace them with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.

Why Choose Fort Collins Dental Center?

We provide excellent periodontal care and can help you save your teeth. We use updated methods and technology to bring you the best possible results for your dental health. Our warm, friendly dentists and staff welcome all patients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics

What are the signs that I may have gum disease?

Gum disease is often painless, but you can quickly identify the symptoms when you look at your teeth. If you have any of the following signs, visit your dentist soon for an examination.

  • Red, swollen, bleeding gums
  • Pimple-like swelling along the gums
  • Pus on the gum line
  • Unpleasant breath or taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • More space between teeth
  • Loose teeth
How can I care for my gum disease?
Gum disease is a serious condition, but you can manage it. Rigorous home care routines make a difference in the severity of gum disease. Most people with periodontal disease need to visit the dentist more than twice per year for scaling and root planing treatments.
How often do I need scaling and root planing?
Most dentists recommend that periodontal patients undergo scaling and root planing every three to four months.
Does gum disease have any effect on overall health?
Gum disease and overall health are connected. Gum disease raises a person's risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and preterm birth, among other conditions. Gum disease may be linked to these conditions because long-term infections cause inflammation in the body. Anything you can do to stop gum disease can have a beneficial effect on your overall health.
Call Fort Collins Dental Center
If you have noticed any signs of periodontal disease, you need immediate treatment to save your teeth from future damage. Call Fort Collins Dental Center at 970-482-1477 for help making an appointment.

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