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Periodontic Dental Treatment in Lakeview & South Loop

How familiar are you with the term periodontics? This word refers to your gums and nearby tissues, as well as the health conditions that can affect them. One of the most common of these conditions is gingivitis, otherwise known as gum disease, which causes the gums to swell and turn red. This condition can progress into periodontitis without proper treatment, leading to the loss of teeth, damage to the dental bones and gums and infections as the tissue attached to your teeth begins to recede.

Many adults suffer from tooth loss as a result of gum disease. Smoking, illness and lack of dental hygiene all contribute to the buildup of plaque, which typically leads to the development of gum disease. The severity of symptoms can vary from person to person; however, numerous common symptoms exist, such as:

  • Discomfort when eating
  • Gums that are swollen, red or tender
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth or odorous breath that won’t go away
  • Bleeding gums during brushing
  • Gums receding from the teeth
  • Pockets forming between gums and teeth
  • Shifting or loose teeth

Should you recognize any symptoms listed above, seek help from a dentist as soon as possible.

Treatments for Gum Disease

Luckily, gum disease is generally easy to treat, though the progression of your condition affects the type of treatment you will need. This could include surgery to fix any damage to your dental tissue or therapy to keep the bacteria from spreading. A professional can help you decide which of these treatments is best for you:

  • Teeth Cleanings. Ideally, you should schedule to have your teeth cleaned two times each year. This will involve your dentist scraping away any tartar and plaque along your gum line. Treating gum disease may require more frequent cleanings.
  • Root Planing and Scaling. This is another type of teeth cleaning that is a bit more invasive. In addition to scraping off tartar and plaque, your dentist will also smooth the surface of your teeth, so your gums can attach themselves back to your teeth and bacteria will have a more difficult time developing.
  • Surgical Grafting. This procedure involves substituting any bone tissue you’ve lost to gum disease with new bone. This will give your teeth the chance to reestablish their bond to the gum and bone tissue, as well as let your bone tissue strengthen.
  • Surgery to Reduce Gum Pockets. Your dentist can surgically lift up your gums to get rid of tartar buildup, as well as sections of bone that have become too damaged. This will let your gums heal and make tartar less likely to build up as severely. By making the pockets between your gum and teeth smaller, you are less at risk of bacteria spreading through your mouth.
  • Grafting Soft Tissue. Your receding gums can be repaired through the use of grafts for soft tissue in order to strengthen your gums.

You can ask your dentist for more information regarding the vast array of treatments designed to combat periodontitis and gingivitis.

For more information about gum disease or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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