Boulder Periodontal Dentistry
Caring for Diseased Gums Gently and Efficiently
Many people think that the primary symptom of gum disease is bleeding when flossing or brushing. While this is true, many of our patients have discovered that they have gum disease but were not suffering from any noticeable symptoms, which is one of the reasons regular screenings are so important. Gums can recede, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses and tooth loss – all without any bleeding or tenderness.
Many people have at least minor symptoms:
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Puffiness or tenderness of the gums
- Receding gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Loose-feeling teeth
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease have been linked to serious health problems such as heart diseases, strokes, respiratory disease, gum disease, arthritis, kidney dysfunction, poor circulation leading to diabetic concerns, premature and low birth weight babies and even certain types of cancer. When we treat periodontal disease, our concern is for your overall health, not just your teeth.How Can You Help Me?
Our goal is to improve the health of the gums and the bone around the teeth and eliminate bleeding. These steps will not only make your mouth feel better and save your teeth, they lead to an improvement of overall health. We can use a laser before your cleaning to kill bacteria and decrease the risk of bacteria getting into your system which helps your whole body and decreases gum inflammation.
To clean your teeth, we use an ultrasonic instrument that removes most plaque and tartar reducing dental scraping. Even in severe cases, we can often avoid scalpel and suture gum surgery. Dr. Kalfas and her hygienist are laser certified and utilize high-tech Diode lasers that can make treatment faster, easier and more comfortable. To add to the long list of benefits – lasers are ameliorative, eliminating or reducing patient healing time and pain. Lasers stimulate blood in the work area which reduces healing time.
ORAL DNA TESTS
We offer the Oral DNA test, a salivary diagnostic test which identifies the type and concentration of disease causing oral bacteria specific to each patient. This allows us to personalize treatment options leading to predictable outcomes. This is especially helpful for patients who feel that they are practicing good oral hygiene at home and keeping up with their regular cleanings, but aren’t seeing a total resolution of symptoms. By tailoring the treatment to target specific bacteria, we are seeing much better results.