Many patients worry about things such as cavities, stains, and broken teeth and while these are things you do need to worry about, there is something else you need to keep your eye out for and that is periodontal disease or gum disease. Unfortunately, many patients have the disease and do not even know they do as it sits silent and the symptoms may not even be noticeable. By the time many patients do experience symptoms, the disease has progressed to a further stage.

Patients who come into Thornton Town Center Family Dental and want to explore different tooth replacement options will be presented with dental implants. Implants are effective, safe, and they offer a natural appearance. While they are a great option, they are not able to be place when a patient has gum or periodontal disease and because of that, it is important to work closely with the dentists at Thornton Town Center Family Dental to ensure any and all gum disease is treated quickly.

Below, our dentists will discuss the different types of gum disease with you and go over dental implants and periodontal disease to help you better understand how they work together. If you would like to schedule an appointment or consultation with us, do not hesitate to call our Thornton, CO office today.


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Different Types of Periodontal & Gum Disease

Did you know that when gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to receding gums, tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious health problems?

Below, Dr. Sohn will explore the types of gum disease with you. If you have any questions about gum disease or dental implants, do not hesitate to call us.

Gingivitis
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis and it always occurs before the more serious stage – periodontitis. During gingivitis, you will find that your gums appear to be red, swollen, and they may bleed when touched or brushed. In general, patients do not experience any discomfort during this time and they may not even know there is a problem.

Gingivitis occurs when patients have a poor oral care routine, or they do not properly brush and floss their teeth. Gum disease can happen to anyone, even if you do brush and floss daily, so keep that in mind.

The dentists at Thornton Town Center Family Dental want you to know that gingivitis can be reversed, but early detection is imperative.
There are several factors that can make you more likely to develop gum disease over someone else and they include:

• Inadequate nutrition
• Stress
• Smoking
• HIV infection
• Diabetes
• Puberty
• Substance abuse
• Aging
• Hormone fluctuations
• Genetic predisposition
• Medications
• Pregnancy
• Systematic diseases and conditions

Periodontitis
Gingivitis that is not treated in a timely manner will turn into periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. Plaque and tartar make their way under the gum line and then irritate the gums. Toxins that are produced by the bacteria in the plaque cause an inflammatory response in your body and your body works to fight it off thus destroying and breaking down the gum tissues and bone around the teeth.

If periodontitis is present, you will likely notice that you have an uptick in symptoms and your gums will start to pull away from the teeth. When this happens, pockets form and the deeper the pockets, the worse the gum disease is.

When periodontitis first appears, you will likely not experience any serious symptoms but as the disease progresses, so do the symptoms. There are four main types of periodontitis and the team at Thornton Town Center Family Dental will discuss them below.

Chronic Periodontitis
This is when you have chronic gum disease that continues to affect the tissues around the teeth and it results in both tooth and bone loss.

Aggressive Periodontitis
This is when you are considered healthy, but gum disease quickly causes tooth and bone loss in your mouth.

Necrotizing Periodontitis
This is when necrosis of the gum tissue occurs. Lesions appear, and this condition is mainly present in patients who have immunosuppression, HIV, and malnutrition.


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Periodontitis from Systematic Disease
This occurs usually at a young age and is the result of an underlying medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory disease.

Dental Implants and Periodontitis

Patients often look to dental implants when they are missing teeth and want to improve their smile. Implants are a confidence booster and are also proven to be safe and effective, which makes them an ideal choice.

Thornton Town Center Family Dental offers dental implant consultations to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. While you may think you are, there are underlying issues that may make it difficult for you to receive dental implants.
For example, if you have gum disease or periodontal disease, you cannot receive dental implants. The reason behind this is because the gum disease will continue to destroy the tissues and ultimately lead to implant failure.

If you have previously had gum disease, you may be able to receive dental implants IF the bone in your jaw is plentiful and strong. If not, you may need to have a grafting procedure done beforehand.

Three Phases of Dental Implants

It is important to understand the three phases of dental implants and they include:

Phase 1
This is where the dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. You will be directed to eat a diet of soft foods until the gums heal.

Phase 2
This is where the jawbone and dental implant fuse together to create that strong bond and foundation. You can expect this to take several months.

Phase 3
This is where your dental implants will be fitted with crowns to create that beautiful and natural smile. While the dental crowns are being ordered, you may receive temporary ones until then.

Come in for a Consultation Today

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and periodontal disease or to see how we can reverse your gum disease, call Thornton Town Center Family Dental. Our Thornton office is equipped to handle all cases of periodontal and gum disease and our team can help you today.

Schedule an appointment now by giving our office a call!

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