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Fort Collins Dentists Practicing Periodontics

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Our Fort Collins dentists are trained to find periodontal disease, which is a condition that can often be silent and not appear until the advanced stages of the disease. There are warning signs of this disease starting with persistent swelling, red or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath. Millions of people do not know they have this serious infection and if not treated can lead to tooth loss. Swollen and bleeding gums are the early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If no approach to treatment is taken the infection can spread destroying structures that support your teeth in the jawbone. Your teeth eventually become so loose they may have to be extracted.

The word 'perio' means around and 'dontal' refers to teeth, meaning periodontal disease is an infection involving structures around the teeth. Earliest stages of periodontal disease known as gingivitis affects the gums but in more severe forms of periodontal disease all tissues are involved including gums, periodontal ligaments, and bone. Research is ongoing concerning how an infection in your gums can affect your overall health. Studies involve possible connections to atherosclerosis and heart disease, stroke, premature births, diabetes and respiratory disease. The Fort Collins dentists at Shore's stay up to date with new information regarding this.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. By practicing good oral hygiene of daily brushing, flossing, and visiting our Fort Collins dentists regularly, it will keep plaque under control. If you skip the dentist visit or are lax on oral hygiene plaque builds on the teeth and eventually spreads below the gum line. If there is build up of plaque below the gum line the gums become inflamed and swell causing the tooth to become detached. This forms a space or 'pocket' between the tooth and gum and bacteria can grow rapidly in the pockets encouraging further plaque buildup. If left untreated the disease can spread to periodontal ligaments and the jawbone. Periodontal disease can destroy them. Removing the plaque promptly is important because over time it hardens and calcifies turning into what is commonly known as tarter. When layers of tarter and plaque build up it can be a downward spiral. While bacteria and plaque are the main cause of periodontal disease several other factors may contribute. This may include other diseases, your oral habits, or the medicine you currently take. Stress can make periodontal disease worse and harder to treat.

If you have periodontal disease you will need to consult a periodontist that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease. Periodontists receive extra training in these areas plus have an additional three years of education beyond dental school. Consulting with one of our Fort Collins dentists at Shore's will allow you to gain more information.

There are non-surgical and surgical procedures for periodontal disease. Non-surgical scaling and root planing may be effective way to avoid the need for further treatment. But if this does not correct the problem surgery will be required. With the advancements in technology lasers have made this procedure much less invasive. Cutting the gums and stitching are gone. In addition, when laser therapy is used, there is less bleeding, swelling and discomfort for the patient. A dressing is applied after surgery and removed in two weeks. (Always check the progress of healing.) Then another dressing is applied for an additional two weeks.

Healthy gums are important for overall health. Don't let periodontal disease go unchecked as it can lead to many other health issues. Taking care of your teeth is important and there is nothing better than your own set of teeth. Our Fort Collins dentists at Shore's Family Dentistry will be more than happy to answer all of your periodontal questions.

Gingivitis - Bleeding Gums Periodontitis
(bleeding gums)

Advanced Periodontitis  
Advanced Periodontitis  

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4360 Boardwalk Dr. Ste #100
Fort Collins, CO 80525
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