Gum disease is a progressive condition that affects the health of the gum tissue and bone. Often overlooked by patients, gum disease begins painlessly and with mild symptoms that don’t seem too serious at first—tender, red gums that bleed when you brush and floss. Without treatment at this first stage of gingivitis, the disease will continue to progress and damage critical gum tissue and bone, increasing the risk for loose teeth and even tooth loss. If you are experiencing symptoms of more advanced stages of gum disease, irreversible damage to your tissue and bone may have already occurred. Surgical therapy to remove deep periodontal pockets, often with the use of bone grafting procedures, can treat gum disease at this stage. At our Glen Ellyn, IL office, we offer this treatment, called osseous surgery, using minimally invasive techniques to ensure your comfort.
Gum disease begins when toxin-releasing plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If the mouth is not rid of bacteria, it will continue to destroy the hard and soft tissues, harming oral and systemic health. Treating gum disease not only returns the mouth to proper health but reduces the risk for systemic conditions being affected or worsened by the chronic low-grade infection in the gum tissue. Without proper gum disease treatment, the oral-systemic connection becomes a greater concern as bacteria spreads throughout the body.
Current research shows a link between gum disease and:
Osseous surgery performed by our experienced team eliminates bacteria, removes diseased tissue and bone, deep cleans areas around the bacterial deposits (calculus or tartar), and reduces the depth of periodontal pockets around the teeth. Antimicrobial agents may help in healing systemically with mouth rinses or when directly placed into deeper periodontal pockets. The bone and teeth damaged in advanced cases of gum disease can also be restored through regenerative measures and tooth replacement solutions including dental implants, partial dentures, or dental bridges. Most importantly, professional treatment for gum disease, though it does not cure the condition, returns the mouth to proper oral health and dental function so you can enjoy a healthier, happier life and a beautiful smile.