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Gum Disease Therapy

Early Diagnosis and Rejuvenating Care

Approximately 80% of American adults have gum or periodontal disease. Many people don’t realize they have gum disease because it doesn’t hurt in the early to middle stages. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss.

If you want to make your oral health a priority, you’re going to need to work with a dentist you can trust. Having a dental examination twice a year is important for your teeth and your gums to keep a professional eye on what’s going on in your mouth. It can be difficult to spot problems with plaque and gum disease early on, but a dependable dentist who has your needs in mind will address these issues as they arise. Dr. Julie Gillis is familiar and thorough with providing gum disease treatments from her office in Grand Junction, and our staff is ready to treat you with respect and professionalism.

Periodontal disease before treatmentPeriodontal disease after treatment

We focus on identifying and stopping the progression of gum disease during comprehensive general dentistry exams and during each of your visits to our office, but we know gum disease can develop and progress quickly. It’s why we urge you to contact our office as soon as a problem arises so we can tackle it together.

Dental warning signs, or symptoms, of gum disease can include:

  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Receding gums

There are many factors at work for the development of gum disease. Buildup of plaque, genetic predisposition, and lifestyle choices advance the progression of gum disease, but the most controllable factor at play is the presence of bacterial plaque. The sticky colorless film is produced by oral bacteria normally present in the mouth. These bacteria release toxins that have the ability to destroy natural fibers connecting your gums to your teeth. As this connection is damaged, pockets between your teeth and gums form, which allow for further destruction as the toxins infiltrate this space and continue their destruction. Once bacteria reach this area, it’s beyond the control of a toothbrush, and you’ll need to contact Dr. Gillis’s restorative dentistry office to receive excellent gum disease therapy.

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an advanced form of gingivitis in which bacteria infiltrate below the gum line to actively destroy the tissue and bone around the teeth. The bacteria can create pockets in your gums where toothbrushes, dental floss, and mouthwash can’t reach. Ask Dr. Gillis about her periodontal treatment options today to counteract gum disease.

Regular general dentistry appointments are imperative because Dr. Gillis and her trained staff can stop and reverse gum disease in its earlier stages before the disease has progressed. Maintaining the teeth you have can reduce your chances of losing them. No symptom is too small to mention when you schedule your appointment at our Grand Junction office, so don’t hesitate to bring them up. Dr. Gillis provides gum disease therapy to patients from the Western Slope of Colorado and nearby Utah communities. Most of our patients come from Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; see Dr. Gillis today.