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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.

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Uses and Types of Dental Crowns

 

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Dr. Robert Madden practices at Southwest Family Dentistry. Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, has many professional interests as a dentist, including the construction of crowns.

Crowns serve several functions, such as supporting a tooth that has broken or eroded, covering implants, and keeping a bridge in place. They can also prevent damage to a weak tooth and hide a discolored one. Several types of crowns made of various substances can accomplish these and other goals:

Stainless steel crowns are temporary, remaining in place until a permanent crown is available from a laboratory. They are popular in children’s dentistry because they cover teeth soon to be lost and require only one visit.

Metal crowns require less removal of natural tooth tissue. They are longlasting and hold up well to biting and chewing.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look more natural because they match the color of other teeth. However, the porcelain in them can break off. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide a better color match than porcelain-metal but are less strong. All three types tend to wear down the opposing teeth.

All-resin crowns are an inexpensive choice, but they are more likely to break than porcelain-fused-to-metal ones.

An Overview of Dental Bonding

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Dr. Robert Madden received his DDS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and an MBA from the University of Colorado. A member of the Metropolitan Denver Dental Association, Dr. Robert Madden currently provides bonding and other services as a dentist and owner of Southwest Family Dentistry in Littleton.

Bonding is one of the most straightforward methods of repair available to dentists when it comes to minor chips or cracks in a person’s teeth. Bonding can also be used to strengthen and repair teeth that have been damaged as a result of decay. During the bonding process, dental professionals make use of various composite resins composed of glass and plastic, which give the color and appearance of natural teeth. These materials are carefully grafted against the remaining tooth, allowing an individual to cover up any breaks or areas of discoloration. Sometimes bonding can even be used as a remedy for slight spacing issues. Following a successful procedure, the new material literally bonds and becomes one with the tooth, providing patients with a strong tooth and a healthy look.

Tooth Pain and Discomfort

Robert Madden, who holds both a DDS and an MBA, serves as a family dentist in the Denver, Colorado, area at Southwest Family Dentistry. Dr. Robert Madden sees patients with a variety of tooth and gum issues, including tooth pain.

Tooth pain is a common problem among individuals of a wide range of ages. Since it can signify a variety of different oral health problems, it is important patients with pain see a dentist to obtain an evaluation and to take any steps necessary to address the underlying causes of the pain.

While tooth pain can be caused by injuries and problems with the gums, the most common cause of this type of pain is tooth decay. The type and severity of the pain depends on the person’s particular situation. For example, if a person feels a brief painful sensation when eating hot or cold foods, he or she might have a small spot of tooth decay. On the other hand, pain that is ongoing or particularly severe can indicate a more serious form of decay, as well as accompanying problems, such as an abscess. Since fast action typically minimizes the damage and, in cases of severe decay, can potentially save the tooth, it is important that a person who is experiencing persistent tooth pain seek help as soon as possible.

Denver, Colorado, Area Dentist Dr. Robert Madden: Fluoride Treatments

As the strongest substance in the body, tooth enamel covers the outside of teeth above the gum line. When enamel is damaged, teeth are susceptible to decay because cavity-causing bacteria have access to the sensitive interior structures of teeth. Enamel erosion, or demineralization, commonly occurs with prolonged exposure to acidic beverages, sugar, and plaque bacteria. Fluoride treatments, a common procedure in preventative dentistry, help strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the incidence of cavities.

Fluoride treatments attract minerals that bond to tooth enamel, known as remineralization. By strengthening tooth enamel through fluoride, patients can reduce their risk for tooth decay.

In-office fluoride treatments come in the form of a foam or gel. These topical solutions are applied to the teeth during dental checkups or cleanings. Dentists sometimes prescribe oral rinses with fluoride for patients with significant enamel erosion to use at home.

About Dr. Robert Madden:
Dr. Robert Madden of Denver holds his DDS and MBA. In addition to overseeing his Southwest Family Dentistry practice in Littleton, Colorado, he has acted as a consultant for the Council on Private Practice.