Gum disease is something that's been caused by bacterial infection which is starting in the gum area. The people that have gum disease, most of them, they do know that there is something wrong with the gums because their gums are inflamed, they're puffy, they bleed. They know it's not normal. When they come to us, we can show them in the oral camera how their gums look and what they're supposed to look like. We show them how the bone is being lost around the teeth, which is the supporting structure of the teeth. The gum treatment is very generalized. It's not affecting one tooth but several teeth in the mouth, so it becomes imperative to deal with gum disease as soon as possible. The more we wait on it, the worse it gets. The more destruction takes place in the bone area, which is the supporting structure, and that causes them to lose their teeth.
Healthy gums are an important part of a healthy and attractive smile. That’s why proactive gum disease treatment is so important. Our South Elgin, IL dentists check for signs of gum disease during every dental exam. If they find any, they’ll eradicate the disease with a deep cleaning treatment followed by application of a topical antibiotic.
Gum disease treatment will:
- Help save your teeth. Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Eliminate uncomfortable symptoms. Chronic bad breath, painful chewing, and tender, bleeding gums are among the common gum disease symptoms.
- Keep your smile more attractive. In later stages of gum disease, your gums will recede away from your teeth. This recession is not only unhealthy but unattractive. Contact us for treatment to keep your smile looking good.
- Improve your dental health. Gum disease is a factor in many dental problems.
- Result in better overall health. Studies have linked gum disease to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and low birth weight. Keeping your gums healthy with excellent dental care may help improve your overall health.
Gum disease is also alarmingly common. The CDC estimates that half of American adults have some form of gum disease. In adults over the age of 65, the percentage jumps to more than 70. Don’t let your smile become a statistic! Call 630-914-6932 to schedule an exam at one of our four locations.
Using Different Treatments for Different Stages of Gum Disease
If our dentists discover gum disease in its earliest stage, called gingivitis, a standard dental cleaning may be enough to eliminate it and return your gums to health. When gum disease advances to a second stage called periodontitis, they’ll use an intense cleaning method called scaling and root planing. After cleaning all the way down to your tooth roots, they’ll smooth the roots to make it harder for bacteria to collect there. They’ll also apply an antibiotic to keep bacteria away.
For more advanced cases of periodontitis, gum grafts and/or bone grafts can save your gums and your teeth. If you do require more advanced treatment, you may want to use dental sedation. Because everyone responds differently to sedation, we offer three types: nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation, and IV sedation.
For more information on how gum disease treatment can keep your smile healthy, call 630-883-0200.