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Treatments for Gum Disease

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Gum Disease Treatment
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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.

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

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Tooth Health
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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.