Gum disease can be eradicated through a variety of treatments. Smile proudly again with confidence in healthy teeth and gums! Ask us about treatments for periodontal disease today.
More Americans lose teeth from periodontal (gum) disease than to tooth decay or trauma combined. Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease can prevent tooth loss, bone loss, and serious infection. Dr. Boris Kaltchev provides periodontal treatment in Wood Dale, and Evanston to help keep your smile intact, and Dr. Chernoff also performs periodontal treatment in Evanston.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease first appears as gingivitis, which may present as gum sensitivity or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. Untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis, and the gums become infected and begin to recede from the teeth. The gums also pull away from the teeth, leaving small pockets in which bacteria can hide.
In advanced stages, periodontitis can cause the gums to separate completely from the sides of the teeth, and the bone surrounding the root to dissolve, causing the tooth to fall out. This destroys the strength of the arch of teeth, leading to a cascade of tooth loss as adjacent teeth shift into the gap, loosen, and also fall out.
Depending on the stage and severity of your periodontal disease, various treatments can be completed to help prevent further progress, treat infection, repair damage, and maintain gum health.
- Non-surgical periodontic treatment involves scaling and planing. This process is a deep cleaning that removes calculus and plaque around each tooth below your gumline. Any infection can also be addressed, and pockets in the gum measured to gauge how far periodontal disease has progressed.
- Surgical periodontic treatment may involve the use of gentle laser therapy to remove diseased gum tissue, shrink gum pockets, and even out your gumline for a more aesthetic appearance. In advanced cases of periodontitis, gum grafts may be required to repair damage and replace lost gum tissue.
- Periodontal maintenance is required to keep gum disease in check after diagnosis. You’ll typically be seen four times a year for a deep cleaning, including scaling and planing, to prevent the advance of periodontal disease.
If your gums are tender, puffy, red or swollen; bleed easily when you brush, floss, or eat crunchy foods; or appear to be receding from your teeth, contact our office and request an appointment to evaluate the health of your gums. We are proud to offer non-surgical periodontal treatment at both of our locations and keep your gums healthy and let you keep your teeth for a lifetime!