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.
Dr. Robert Madden, a Littleton, Colorado-based dentist, explains the two types of dentures available to patients with missing teeth. Throughout his career, Dr. Robert Madden has served as a dental consultant to several facilities for senior citizens.
Complete dentures are false teeth for when all of the teeth are missing. There are two types of complete dentures, conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures cannot be placed until the gums have begun to heal, eight to 12 weeks after teeth removal. These are a semipermanent set of dentures. Immediate dentures, a temporary solution, are made so that the patient does not have to be without teeth while waiting for the gums to heal, but these often require multiple adjustments as the mouth shrinks and changes with healing.
Partial dentures are used to fill the spaces left by missing teeth when one or more natural teeth remain in place. In addition to cosmetic improvement, partial dentures prevent existing teeth from changing positions. These are false teeth attached to a metal bridge to hold them in place.
Another alternative to dentures is dental implants, which are rising in popularity due to their resemblance to real teeth; however, implants usually cost more.