Periodontal Care in Colorado Springs
Guerra Dental gives our patients all the time needed to help them develop proper Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Care habits at home in addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth while at our office. We will give you tips to alter your process of taking care of your teeth if needed and help you make the right adjustments for better oral hygiene. Our doctors and hygienists will also provide you with tips to help prevent teeth grinding & TMJ. For example, the use of nightguards.
We may recommend that a Scaling & Root Planning is required to stop you from suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck for lumps and use a velscope on your oral tissues to evaluate red or white patches or recurring sore areas. The primary risk factor for oral cancer is smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption. Smoking accounts for more than 75% of oral cancer cases in the country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Scaling & Root Planing
Our hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This process is called Scaling and Root planing. Our hygienist will thoroughly anesthetize you prior to this procedure so that it is very comfortable. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with precision. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the gum pockets, since bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and tartar are what enable bacteria to set in.