PERIODONTICS

Gum Disease


Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth.

When your gums bleed during brushing or flossing, or are sensitive, you may have gum disease or gingivitis. The tell-tale signs of gum disease are swollen, red, and bleeding gums. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.

If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!


Very helpful staff & nice office

My dentist was really nice, straightforward, and made sure to check in with me many times throughout my cleaning to make sure everything was alright. Didn't seem pushy or judgmental (even though it was my first cleaning in years). Very helpful staff and nice office, too.


Ashley Donegan Chicago, IL

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