If gingivitis is left untreated, there is a high risk of developing advanced gum disease, and tooth loss. Prevent this from happening by scheduling an appointment
We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure, and we actively encourage our patients to take good care of their gums, as well as their teeth. Sadly, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among US adults. More people lose teeth as a result of advanced gum disease than decay and trauma combined. While it’s always beneficial to take action to keep gum disease at bay, we have an expert team ready and waiting to tend to existing symptoms and provide expert non-surgical periodontics. If you’re having trouble with your gums, we offer specialist periodontal treatment at our offices in Evanston and Wood Dale.
Everything You Need To Know About Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common dental health issue in the US. This oral condition occurs as a result of the presence of harmful bacteria within the mouth. These bacteria, which combine with saliva and food debris, to form plaque, produce acids, which irritate the gums. This causes redness, inflammation and soreness. There are various stages of gum disease, and the earlier gum disease is spotted and treated, the better.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. This is a mild form of gum disease, which can often be treated using self-help techniques, such as flossing and daily brushing, and powerful dental hygiene treatments. If gingivitis is treated early and managed effectively, the symptoms can be reversed.
If gingivitis is left untreated, there is a high risk of developing advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. At this stage, the effects of gum disease are irreversible, and the bone tissue that supports the teeth becomes damaged. As the bone tissue weakens and disintegrates, the teeth start to become loose in their sockets, and they will eventually fall out.
As gum disease is a progressive condition, it’s essential to treat symptoms as quickly as possible. If you have any concerns about your gums, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
Surgery is sometimes recommended for complex, advanced cases of gum disease, but this is usually a last resort. In the majority of cases, we recommend non-surgical gum disease treatment. This type of therapy involves a technique known as root planing and scaling.
Root planing and scaling is a non-invasive, deep-cleaning technique, which is used to target the tissue beneath the gum line. This method may be required if pockets have started to form in the gums, as a result of the gums pulling away from the teeth. There are two parts to the treatment process. The first is scaling. Scaling involves intensive cleaning both above and below the gum line. Your dentist will use specially designed instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and the pockets that have developed beneath the gum line. The second stage of treatment is root planing. This technique smooths the roots of the teeth to encourage the gums to attach themselves to the teeth again.
Scaling and root planing are carried out within the same procedure, but it may be necessary to organize more than one session. This is not a painful procedure, but some people do find it slightly uncomfortable, and we can provide treatment under local anesthetic.
What Are The Symptoms Of Gum Disease?
The symptoms of gum disease can sometimes be difficult to spot because they tend to develop gradually. This is why it’s so important to attend routine dental checks and to see your dentist if you spot anything suspicious. The most common signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding when you brush
- Swollen gums
- Sore gums
- Increased redness in the gums
- Tender gums
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
If you notice any of these symptoms, call us and make an appointment as soon as possible. It’s always best to get checked out, just in case.
What Happens After Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment?
After scaling and root planing, it’s common to experience mild discomfort and heightened sensitivity for a few days. The gums may also be slightly swollen and tender during the recovery process. Our dentists, Dr. Kaltchev and Dr. Chernoff will provide you with aftercare tips, and we’re just a phone call away if you do have any questions or concerns following treatment.
After scaling and root planing, it’s essential to take good care of your teeth and gums, and we’ll provide you with advice about dental hygiene at home and organize follow-up appointments for you.
Tips For Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is a preventable condition. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent gum disease and to keep your gums in perfect condition following non-surgical gum disease treatment:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time
- Floss daily to target the cracks between the teeth and the gum line
- Avoid brushing too hard and take extra care when covering the gum line
- Eat healthy foods and avoid snacking between meals
- See your dentist for regular check-ups
- Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of gum disease
- If you spot blood when you brush your teeth, or your gums are sore or inflamed, don’t hesitate to get in touch and make an appointment
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment At BK Dental In Evanston & Wood Dale, IL
At BK Dental, we have many years of experience in treating and managing gum disease. We prioritize prevention, and we’re well-versed in spotting early warning signs. Sometimes, unfortunately, patients come to us with advanced symptoms. If you have periodontitis, we’re here to provide first-class treatment and to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible. We understand that dental treatment can be a daunting prospect, but we can assure you that you’ll be in safe hands with Dr. Kaltchev and Dr. Chernoff. We will talk you through the procedures, answer any questions you have and ensure that you’re relaxed during any procedures that might need to be done.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you’re worried about swollen or sore gums, or you’ve noticed spots of blood when you brush your teeth, contact us now and request an appointment. Call today on (630) 451-8793 for our Wood Dale office or (847) 440-3603 for our Evanston office.