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Periodontal Disease Specialist

Broadmoor Dental

General, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry located in Colorado Springs, CO

Bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and bad breath are signs of periodontal disease, so it’s best to be safe and seek the care of a highly qualified and compassionate dentist. At Broadmoor Dental in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the skillful periodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases of the gums and tissues of the mouth. Determine your risk of gingivitis or severe periodontal disease and improve your oral health by making an appointment with John Goodman, DDS, or Nicolas Pruett, DDS, or scheduling through the online system.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an umbrella term for infections of the structures around your teeth, including your gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis — an infection that affects your gums. With more severe forms of periodontal disease, all of the tissues in your mouth can be involved.

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry focusing on the gums and other structures in your mouth that surround your teeth. A periodontist can monitor the health of your gums and treat various diseases that affect them. A periodontist can:

  • Remove infected or damaged tissue
  • Place and maintain dental implants
  • Treat gingivitis (mild periodontitis)
  • Treat severe periodontitis
  • Clean infected surfaces in your mouth

Over time, unhealthy gums can lead to detrimental results for your oral health and are even associated with serious diseases like coronary artery disease, arthritis, and stroke.

How can I tell if I need periodontal care?

Periodontal diseases usually present telling symptoms. If you have any of the following symptoms, it could be an indication of periodontal disease:

  • Sensitive gums and teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth

If you have these symptoms and they don’t subside, you might have periodontal disease. You must seek professional dental treatment as soon as possible to preserve your gums and keep all of your natural teeth.

Am I at risk of getting periodontal diseases?

Several factors can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, such as:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Old age
  • Drug abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Hormone changes

If any of these risk factors apply to you, you might benefit from more frequent dental check-ups and cleanings.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Your Broadmoor Dental provider determines the best course of treatment for you depending on your individual needs and the severity of your condition. Mild cases of gum disease can be treated with medications and lifestyle changes, whereas more severe cases might require surgery to restore your smile fully.

Some of the most common treatments for periodontal disease include:

  • Bone grafts
  • Tissue grafts
  • Prescription mouthwash
  • Antiseptic chip (a medicated piece of gelatin for your mouth)
  • Flap surgery (surgical pocket reduction)

Before you resort to surgery, your Broadmoor Dental provider always takes time to explore all other less invasive options.

Learn more about periodontal disease and how you can protect and improve your dental health. Call Broadmoor Dental or book an appointment via the web.