Periodontal Therapy Dental Services Denver

Dr. Paul M. Wagenaar, D.D.S., Wagenaar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the medical term for early gum disease. Gum disease can be caused by long-term exposure to plaque, the sticky, colorless film on teeth that forms after eating or sleeping. Early warning signs include chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. In many cases, however, gingivitis can go unnoticed. If gingivitis goes untreated, more serious problems such as abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis can occur. The gums can also begin to separate from the teeth, creating even greater opportunities for infection and decay. Although gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, in many cases it is avoidable.

Pregnancy has also been known to cause a form of gingivitis. This has been linked to hormonal changes in the woman's body that promote plaque production.

Treating Gingivitis at our Denver Dentist Office
The best method for treating gingivitis is a thorough Adult Prophylaxis (dental cleaning) including a special deep clean of the gums followed by at-home oral hygiene regimens including proper brushing and flossing. Instead of the standard twice a year dental visits, patients with gingivitis often undergo follow-up cleanings every two to three months until the condition has cleared.

What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth and is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss as well as other potentially serious health problems.

Treating Periodontitis - Root Planing and Scaling
Periodontal scaling and root planing is a common non-surgical procedure used to help reduce the extensive plaque buildup aggravating your gums. This treatment gives you a much deeper cleaning than the basic cleaning. This treatment does require anesthesia but will help you avoid the need for surgery to address major complications that would arise if your gums and teeth were left untreated.