Periodontal care provided by the Dentistry at Golden Ridge team
Dr. Jamie Richard of Dentistry at Golden Ridge helps Golden, Colorado, area patients achieve and maintain oral health. This includes preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions such as gum disease. With proper treatment, many patients can reduce the risk of permanent damage to their smile.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is actually a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the tissues that support the teeth. If left untreated over time, it can lead to tooth loss due to lost bone structure from its progression. This happens because bacteria are causing inflammation inside your mouth, leading to destructive enzymes being released into the tissue.
What are the symptoms of periodontitis?
Patients who exhibit the signs of periodontal disease will notice significant changes in their smile. This may include the following:
- Gum recession, or the loss of gum tissue around the teeth
- Tender or swollen gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing or flossing your teeth
- Pain while chewing or biting down on food in your mouth, especially when you have any existing dental work, such as fillings, crowns, bridges, or dentures.
- Sometimes, gum disease does not present with any symptoms at all which can be more concerning than actually feeling symptoms, so please make sure to schedule your regular check-ups.
Gum disease treatment options
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek treatment from your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible. They will be able to assess and diagnose your condition and create a customized treatment plan to help prevent further damage and restore the health of your teeth. This may include scaling and root planing treatments, which involve deep cleaning the areas around the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup, or antibiotic therapy if there is an active infection present in your gums.
Treatment for periodontal disease can often be improved with good oral hygiene habits at home. This includes regular brushing and flossing your teeth multiple times per day, as well as using mouth rinse afterward. Patients should also be diligent about visiting Dentistry at Golden Ridge for routine cleanings and evaluations.
Connect with our team today!
Call (303) 951-8515 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Dr. Jamie Richard and her team. The office is located at 755 Heritage Road, Suite #120, and serves patients in Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Littleton, Evergreen, Morrison, Denver and Idaho Springs, CO.