At the office of Angela M. Osborn, DDS, PC, our dental team works hard to supplement your daily oral hygiene efforts. Our goal is to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease by offering routine dental cleanings and exams to help us prevent, detect and treat any oral issues that might arise between visits.
Today we’re going to talk about gum disease and answer your questions about our treatments. To detect gum disease in the making, we use Oral DNA Testing that helps us prevent gum disease from damaging your smile, and offer Perio Protect Trays and Laser Gum Therapy to treat any diseased gum tissue.
Q. What is Gum Disease?
A. Also called periodontal disease, this condition is caused by harmful oral bacteria that linger in the mouth. If this bacteria is allowed to build up into plaque and tartar, it will cause inflammation and infection in the gum tissue. Over time, this can lead to severe dental problems including gum recession, bone loss, and ultimately, tooth loss.
Q. What is Oral DNA Testing?
A. This is a revolutionary health evaluation which helps Dr. Angela Osborn to identify risk factors for developing periodontal disease. It allows us to assess your oral bacteria that could lead to gum disease and tooth decay. If the test shows that you have this harmful bacteria in your mouth, we can proceed to treat it before it can cause damage. You take an oral rinse provided by our dental team, swish it around thoroughly in your mouth, and then spit it out into a container. We will then send it over to a lab for testing and once we receive the results our dentist will personalize a treatment plan for you.
Q. What are Perio Protect® Trays?
A. This is a non-invasive treatment to ensure your comfort while allowing us to get rid of disease-causing plaque and bacteria to help you maintain a healthier oral environment in between checkups. This is self-administered at home for your convenience. The Perio Protect Trays fit comfortably in your mouth to deliver a prescribed medical solution designed to treat any infected areas of gum tissue.
Q. What is Laser Gum Therapy?
A. This minimally-invasive treatment offers us the ability to treat your periodontal disease while maximizing your comfort and also speed up your healing time. This is done by killing harmful bacteria in the mouth and then getting rid of all infected gum tissue to help promote the growth of healthy new tissue. With laser gum therapy you typically don’t even need stitches after the treatment. Another nice side effect of laser therapy is that it reduces your odds of having an infection afterward.
As you can see, our gum disease treatments are not only easy and effective for you but convenient as well. Our dental team in Lone Tree, Colorado, thoroughly enjoys helping our patients achieve their best oral health. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Osborn, please give us a call at 303-799-9993 today!