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.
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.