Periodontics is a field of dental care that focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease and other dental conditions affecting the soft oral tissues of the mouth. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a degenerative dental condition that affects the gums. It occurs when the harmful bacteria in plaque build up in the mouth, infecting and inflaming the gum tissues. The early stage of this disease is known as gingivitis and, if diagnosed at this point, can be easily controlled and, in some cases, eliminated. If untreated, however, the disease progresses to a more advanced stage known as periodontitis and can cause significant damage to your gums, teeth and oral health.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Changes in the fit of oral appliances, such as dentures
- Bone loss and tooth loss
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth
Dr. Erik Palmberg offers several treatments for periodontal disease, including:
During each of your regular dental visits, our dentist will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease. If diagnosed, our team will work with you to create a treatment plan to fight the disease and improve your oral health. Your treatment may range from thorough cleanings and an improved home care routine to antibiotic therapy and surgery.
If you have any questions about periodontics in Littleton, Colorado, and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Palmberg, call us today at (303) 741-4600. As gum disease has been linked to many serious medical conditions, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease and pregnancy complications, please contact us immediately if you believe you may have developed this condition.