Treating Periodontal Disease




An experienced dentist, Dr. Robert Madden treats patients with periodontal disease and other oral health problems at Southwest Family Dentistry, located about 20 minutes from Denver, Colorado. Before establishing his private practice, Dr. Robert Madden earned his DDS from the University of Nebraska. Years later, he graduated with an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Periodontal disease, also known as “periodontitis” or “gum disease,” develops when colonies of bacteria establish themselves in the mouth, resulting in tissue damage over time. It can get serious enough to cause tooth loss. Before patients progress to full-blown periodontitis, they may exhibit gingivitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the gums.

Sometimes, surgical care is necessary to address periodontitis properly. However, in other cases, dentists can take a more conservative, non-surgical approach: scaling and root planing. The procedure rids the teeth’s root surfaces of plaque and tartar buildup. Dentists may follow up with additional therapy, such as the administration of antibiotics, if indicated.


Preventive Dentistry – Dental Checkups and Cleanings

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Robert Madden, DDS, a dentist who cares for patients in and around Denver, Colorado, practices preventive dentistry at Southwest Family Dentistry. Dr. Robert Madden is also a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned an MBA.

When dentists ask that their patients see them regularly, even when they’re not experiencing worrisome symptoms, they do so in the hope of preventing them from developing tooth and gum disease in the first place. During annual or semi-annual visits, dentists examine teeth for early signs of decay or gingivitis. They may even X-ray teeth and jaws. These efforts give them the opportunity to address disease before it grows out of control.

Moreover, dentists offer cleanings that go above and beyond patients’ brushing and flossing. Such cleanings often involve scraping tartar from the teeth. Tartar buildup damages and discolors teeth over time.

Finally, regular dental checkups allow oral health professionals to build relationships with their patients. Through these relationships, patients can have their questions answered and providers can educate them on matters such as flossing and the warning signs of gum disease.

Treatments for Gum Disease

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Gum Disease Treatment

Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, owns and practices at Southwest Family Dentistry near Denver, Colorado. In this role, Dr. Robert Madden offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for gum disease.

Treatment protocol for gum disease depends primarily on the extent of the infection. Patients with less severe disease may find it sufficient to undergo root planing and scaling, which enables a dentist to clean under the gum line and all the way to the roots.It may be done with or without local anesthesia, as the patient’s needs dictate, and may involve the use of an ultrasonic instrument as well as standard manual tools.

For patients whose periodontal disease has resulted in the development of gum pockets may need to undergo flap surgery, in which the dentist lifts the gums away to remove tartar and restore the fit between gum and tooth. More extensive gum recession may require soft tissue grafts.

Patients with bone loss may require grafting of the patient’s natural bone, donor bone, or a synthetic replacement. Advancements in periodontal technology have also produced an additional option known as guided tissue regeneration, which stimulates the growth of both bone and gum tissue and may reduce the risk of tooth loss.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, has owned and operated Southwest Family Dentistry in the Denver, Colorado, area since 1982. As a dentist, Dr. Robert Madden offers dental implants for patients with tooth replacement needs.

Dental implants are designed to help patients who have lost one or more teeth. Unlike a denture, which rests on top of the gum line, the dental implant attaches permanently to the jaw bone and thus offers a much higher level of stability. Patients with implants can eat, speak, and smile without worrying that the implant will come loose.

Dental implants also stand out as a longer-term solution, even compared with a tooth-supported bridge. While a bridge may need to be replaced after 10 years, an implant can last throughout a patient’s life.

Implants also help to preserve the longevity of a patient’s surrounding teeth. Unlike a bridge, these devices are self-supporting and help to maintain the structural integrity of the jaw bone. This, in turn, reduces bone loss and helps keep a patient’s face looking full and healthy.

Proper Brushing Techniques as Part of Preventative Dental Care

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Preventative Dental Care

Holding an MBA degree from the University of Colorado, Robert Madden, DDS, is a Denver, Colorado, dentist who guides Southwest Family Dentistry. He serves the needs of Denver patients for quality, personalized oral health care. Dr. Robert Madden emphasizes patient education and the importance of preventive dentistry in ensuring the health of teeth and gums.

The two most important aspects of daily dental hygiene are brushing and flossing. While many people take brushing for granted, having the proper technique is essential to preventing cavities and gum disease. When selecting a brush, seek out softer bristles that are still firm, but do not present a major risk of damaging the gums.

Brushing at least twice a day is recommended, with three times ideal. Take about two minutes to fully brush the teeth, making sure to reach hidden areas along the back and sides, including the molars. Hold the brush at an approximately 45 degree angle relative to the gums and employ short up-and-down strokes. Brushing more than three times a day can be counterproductive, as too much takes its toll on the enamel that coats and protects the teeth and causes damage at the gum lines.

Eliminating Periodontitis through Pocket Reduction Treatment

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Based in Denver, Colorado, Robert Madden, DDS, earned his MBA at the University of Colorado and has led Southwest Family Dentistry for more than two decades. His work as a dentist encompasses dentures, crowns, and implant restorations. Dr. Robert Madden also provides Denver, Colorado, patients with experienced periodontal therapy treatment.

Two non-surgical approaches to gum care are scaling and planing, which are a part of regular gum cleaning sessions at the dentist’s office. In cases where periodontal disease has progressed, supporting bone and tissue that snugly fit around the teeth is destroyed, and pockets form surrounding affected teeth. Untreated, these pockets gradually become deeper and harbor expanding colonies of tooth decaying bacteria. Eventually, too much bone tissue may be compromised and extraction may become necessary.

Periodontal pocket reduction is one way of resolving this issue and involves a folding back of the gum tissue, such that bacteria can be removed. The gum tissue is then secured in a position close to the bone. In certain cases, smoothing of the damaged, irregular bone surface may be necessary before a close fit can be achieved.

Soda Consumption and Tooth Health

April 26, 2016 Leave a comment
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Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, heads Southwest Family Dentistry, a practice located near Denver, Colorado. As well as performing cosmetic and emergency dental procedures, Dr. Robert Madden advises individuals on good dental hygiene and dietary choices for healthy teeth, including watching one’s consumption of soda.

Soda has long had a bad reputation with dental health professionals, and for good reason. When a person takes a sip of soda, the sugar in the drink reacts with bacteria present in the mouth. The result of this reaction is an acid that breaks down the enamel of the tooth and makes a person more susceptible to tooth decay. This occurs in everyone who drinks soda and other sugary beverages, but children and adolescents face the greatest risk, as their tooth enamel has not finished developing.

In order to prevent damage to the teeth, either limit soda consumption or change how you drink it. Sipping even one soda slowly all day can be harmful. Each sip results in the formation of acid, and if this occurs bit by bit throughout day, the damage can add up. Rinsing the mouth out with water after drinking soda can help keep the teeth healthy if done over time.

Some people might view diet soda as a more tooth-healthy alternative since it doesn’t contain natural sugar. However, it also contains acid, and can wear down the teeth over time the same way sugared soda does. A dentist can provide additional guidance on how to care for the teeth while enjoying soda in moderation.