Many people think gums that bleed when they brush or floss is normal, but it is actually a symptom of periodontal gum disease, one of the most common diseases in adults—affecting nearly 60 percent of Americans. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone around the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States! Gum disease is usually not painful, and symptoms are often dismissed by the patient until the damage is too painful or extensive to ignore. The cause of periodontal issues is usually poor or faulty oral hygiene. Over time the dental plaque may absorb chemicals from the saliva and can calcify, forming a material known as dental calculus that cannot be removed with patient tooth brushing. Seeking treatment at the first signs of gum disease is the best way to safeguard your smile. Our Glen Ellyn, IL team provides specialized gum disease treatment that targets the source of infection and restores health to your gums, bone, and smile.
Healthy gums and tooth
At first glance, there might seem to be no link between your oral health and the health of your whole body. But recent research has found a link between the chronic low-grade infection characterized by gum disease and systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Just as undiagnosed gum disease can wreak havoc on your systemic health, so can timely and comprehensive treatment aid in improving your oral and overall health together. Our dental team understands this connection and strongly recommends anyone showing signs of gum disease to schedule a consultation a soon as possible. With proper treatment, you can enjoy a better quality of life and peace of mind knowing that your gum disease is properly under control.
Each case presents a unique situation requiring personalized and targeted therapy. We begin our gum disease treatments with conservative measures. Many patients respond well to these procedures and will only need periodontal maintenance in the future. For more advanced cases, surgical intervention may be required, and we work diligently to ensure your experience is comfortable and effective.
If periodontal pockets are deeper than 4mm, the bacteria will not be able to be removed by the patient and the gum disease will progress. We perform scaling and root planing to remove the deeper bacterial deposits and calcified deposits with special instruments. Then, we smooth the rough surfaces of the teeth to discourage bacterial accumulation in the future. This process is usually very easy and is the first step in controlling advanced periodontal disease.
In advanced cases of gum disease, much of the bone and tissue has been destroyed. These situations require that the gums be “flapped” off the bone, and diseased gum tissue and deep areas around the bacterial deposits (calculus or tartar) be removed. Bone is often “re-grown” through bone grafting techniques and the use of plasma rich growth factors.
Unfortunately, gum disease can only be managed and not cured, if it has progressed past the first stage of gingivitis. With the conclusion of comprehensive gum disease treatment, periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months ensures that the bacteria, plaque and tartar do not build up and cause infection and inflammation again.