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Gum Disease Colorado Springs

Periodontist Colorado Springs

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis & periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed. As the tissues are damaged, generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket.


X-Ray for Teeth TreatmentPeriodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.

Amazingly, gum disease is more common than heart disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer's combined. The good news is that unlike those other diseases, gum disease is easily prevented and treated.


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Some factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:

  • Tobacco smoking or chewing
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives

 Several warning signs that can signal a problem:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

 The dangers of periodontal disease are more severe than just losing your teeth.

According to the American Medical Association, the toxins produced from the bacteria of gum disease cause plaque build-up in arteries and double the chances of heart disease and stroke. Women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have spontaneous premature births and low birth weight babies. There is also research to suggest that periodontal disease is a contributing factor for type II diabetes.

Equally alarming are the results of new research that show the brains of Alzheimer patients can be infected with the same germs known to cause gum disease.

Undiagnosed and untreated gum disease is a major obstacle to optimal health for a large percentage of the population. Fortunately, modern dental medicine has the solution. Proper treatment of periodontal infection has been shown to lower your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, and possibly even Alzheimer's. 

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Initial exam with a dental hygienist

  • Diagnosing the severity of the disease be accurately probing the tissues and recording pocket depths and bleeding areas.

  • Removal of the tartar and plaque above the gums to stimulate the body's immune system to resist bacteria below the gum.

  • Tenderness, swelling, red color

  • Puss around teeth

  • Bad breath

  • Loose teeth

  • Pain

Subsequent treatments by a hygienist (seven to ten day intervals)

  • Use the laser to remove the infected tissue on the inside of the pockets, Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
  • Remove the hard plaque (tartar) in one specific area using an ultrasonic and irrigation, Scaling & Root Planning
  • Irrigate infected areas to remove the dead tissue and bacteria.
  • Reduce the bacteria in the pockets around all teeth from billions to hundreds with the laser, Laser Bacteria Reduction.
  • Use of a locally applied antibiotic in some instances  - Arestin

Laser in Periodontal TreatmentLaser Treatment

Not long ago we were telling patients that the bone lost due to periodontal disease could never be re-grown. With newer technologies and techniques, bone can be maintained and sometimes re-grown.

 The laser is essential for three reasons:

  • It specifically removes infected tissue while stimulating the non-infected tissue.
  • It reduces the bacteria in the pockets from billons to hundreds.
  • Healing occurs quicker due to the increase in circulation promoted by the laser.


What is a Laser and how does it work?

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy that may or may not be visible to the human eye. When laser light comes in contact with soft tissue it causes a reaction. The beam of light produced by the laser has the ability to remove, vaporize or shape soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks and tongue.

What are the Advantages of Laser Therapy Compared to Conventional Therapy in Treating Gum Disease?

Laser treatments may be more comfortable than treatment with conventional instruments. The gum tissue may be removed without bleeding and swelling because the powerful light beam seals blood vessels and nerve endings.

Will it hurt?

The aspect of laser surgery that most people appreciate is its comfort. While no treatment is always painless, the laser may reduce the need for postoperative pain medication and may reduce swelling and bleeding.

Is a laser safe? YES.

If a trained practitioner uses the dental laser according to accepted practices, it is at least as safe as other dental instruments.

Is any precaution necessary? YES.

Just as you might wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser light beam.

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Home Care Aids for your Periodontal Disease 

Perio ProtectPerio Protect

The Perio Protect Method uses an FDA cleared medical device called a Perio Tray to deliver and maintain medications in the periodontal pockets in a controlled manner. When the medications are delivered with this tray, they can treat the biofilm layer to kill the bacteria and breakdown the protein film over the teeth. 


Sonicare ToothbrushSonicare Toothbrush

Sonicare is clinically proven to remove more plaque than any other tooth brush. This is because the vibration creates a fluid movement that removes plaque and bacteria from areas that are untouched by the bristles.



The Waterpik has state-of-the-art dental water jet technology and provides the ultimate in performance. For people with braces, the Ultra with the orthodontic tip is more than three times as effective as floss at removing plaque. Removes bacteria deep between teeth and below the gumline where brushing and flossing will not reach.



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