Understanding Gum Disease & Your Options
A 2012 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one out of every two American adults over the age of 30 has periodontal disease.
The disease, which is also referred to as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
If you are noticing that you have bad breath, sensitive gums, and loosening teeth, you may be at risk for gum disease. If you call you dentist, they may suggest you meet with a periodontist, a doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants.
What is a Periodontist & Do I Need One?
Dr. Gillispie, Dr. Lai, and Dr. Huber are all periodontists on our staff that specialize in handling periodontal disease (prevention, diagnosis, and treatment), as well as the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Periodontists handle a number of procedures, including:
- Dental Implants
- Pocket Reduction
- Bone and Gum Grafting
- Implant Supported Partial and Full Dentures
- Crown Lengthening
- Sedation Dentistry
- Periodontal (gum) Evaluation
- Oral Hygiene Maintenance
- Regular and Deep Cleaning
- Extractions and Minor Surgeries
Depending on your specific need, a periodontist may also recommend an oral surgeon. Luckily, we have all of these specialists on our staff at All Smiles, you will never need to leave the building.
What is a Periodontal Evaluation?
Periodontal evaluations are dental tests administered for the early detection of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Periodontal screenings are recommended twice yearly by the American Dental Association. They are included in routine dental check-ups as a preventative measure. Dentists can identify gum disease with a simple in-office screening. Usually, this includes a visual inspection of the gums for redness and puffiness, as well as to determine whether the gums have receded or begun to form pockets between the teeth. A periodontal screening may also include dental x-rays to determine whether the supporting bone structure beneath the gums have begun to deteriorate.
Choosing a Periodontist in Colorado Springs
All Smiles Dental Group has all the dental professionals you need under one roof. If you are concerned about developing periodontal disease, we have a dentist, periodontist, and oral surgeon on our staff to help with the next steps. This collaborative team will communicate and work together to give you the best possible treatment options without having to leave the office.
If you aren’t sure that you need a periodontist, you still may benefit from a Colorado Springs periodontal evaluation.
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