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Gum Disease

If left untreated, periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, can cause a host of oral health issues.

Protect your gums, smile, and overall health with advanced gum disease treatment at Colorado Dental Arts in Littleton, CO.

Learn how our dentist, Dr. Steven Krendl, can improve your gum health and help you keep your teeth with periodontal disease treatment...

Why Choose Colorado Dental Arts to Address Gum Disease?

At our Littleton dental practice, we can treat nearly every stage of gum disease, from gingivitis to periodontitis. To help you enjoy improved oral health, our office offers:
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Advanced Treatment

To help eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease, we use a combination of deep cleaning and laser treatment. Laser dentistry gives Dr. Krendl pinpoint precision when targeting infected gum areas. This allows him to safely and effectively remove bacteria from below the gumline without affecting nearby tissue.

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Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Krendl makes every effort to ensure patients are comfortable during their visit to our Littleton dental practice. We offer sedation options including nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation to help you relax. Thanks to sedation dentistry, periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing can be virtually pain-free.

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Comprehensive Care

At Colorado Dental Arts, we provide a full range of services to improve the health and appearance of your smile. If you have suffered from gum disease for a long time, you may be suffering from bone loss in your jaw. Fortunately, Dr. Krendl can restore atrophied tissue and reinforce the strength of your smile with a bone graft.

5-Star Patient Reviews

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Stephanie E.

2021

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I highly recommend Colorado Dental Arts. Dr. Krendl and his team are always friendly, caring and doing a great job. I never have to wait long and I feel like they always take time to answer my questions, incl. billing (thanks again, Jody). Mardel has been my hygienist and she's really nice and thorough. I'm so glad I found this practice!

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Dugan Comer

2021

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I have been coming to Colorado Dental Arts for the past 10 years, and could not be happier.  I have a real phobia regarding dentistry, and they have treated me with great respect and without judgment.  I cannot say enough about how great the staff is, and Dr. Krendl is just awesome.

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What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of gum disease. Caused by bacterial buildup in the tissue that surrounds your teeth, periodontal disease is an infection that causes inflammation of the gums.

Classified as gingivitis at its earliest stages, symptoms include swollen and red gums that may bleed during your oral hygiene routine. Without prompt treatment, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. At this point, gums will begin to recede, bone loss may occur, and teeth may become loose.

Early warning signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth

Prevention Is Key to Avoiding Periodontitis

Proper periodontal care helps keep your teeth healthy and contributes to your overall wellbeing. So that you can avoid the discomfort and health complications associated with gum disease, such as tooth loss, prevention and early detection are key. Avoiding gingivitis and periodontitis is paramount to maintaining a healthy smile, and can be easily managed with:
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Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, and flossing at least once a day helps manage the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. The better you maintain your teeth, the less likely you are to develop gingivitis and ultimately periodontitis.

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Regular Visits to the Dentist

Professional cleanings remove the plaque and tartar buildup that forms even with good oral care. Visiting the dentist twice a year allows us to monitor the health of your gums. This is important if you have risk factors that increase your chance of developing periodontal disease.

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James Ferro

2021

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Great staff all around. Mardel is the best hygienist this side of the Mississippi, and Jody up at the desk as as sweet as they come.

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Paula Brungardt

2021

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Very friendly and caring staff, really feel like they are concerned for my general overall health, as well as my teeth. Have been a patient for many years.

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Risk Factors Associated with Gum Disease

Even with regular visits to our Littleton dentist, there are certain risk factors that can increase the risk of poor gum health:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause
  • Obesity
  • Poor nutrition
  • A family history of gum disease
  • Medications that cause dry mouth
  • Inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease

What Are the Benefits of Early Periodontal Care?

Eliminate Symptoms

The symptoms of gum disease can be painful and unpleasant. By managing the bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis, you can stop the unpleasant side effects of gum disease such as bleeding gums and bad breath.

Improve Oral Health

Your gums are the foundation of your smile. Neglect can cause periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis has also been linked to general health issues such as heart attack, stroke, and other serious cardiovascular events.

Minimize Costs

Treating periodontal disease at its earliest stages can save you time and money. Gingivitis is easily treated with non-surgical methods but advanced periodontitis may require additional treatments such as bone grafts and dental implants to restore your oral health.

Dr. Steven Krendl

Colorado Dental Arts

Dr. Steven Krendl and the team at Colorado Dental Arts in Littleton, CO, offer comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • Fellow at The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Graduate of The Misch International Implant Institute

To make dental treatment as accessible as possible, we offer late-night and weekend appointments. Schedule a visit by contacting us online or calling (303) 978-9572.

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