Millions of Americans are currently suffering from the gum disease and the damage it causes. This may seem shocking considering we only get one set of teeth during our life most dental problems are easily preventable. However, there are many reasons why this number is so staggering. At Premier Dentistry, we want to work with each patient to help them receive gum disease treatment in Chicago.
At Premier Dentistry in downtown Chicago, Dr. Nechama Brand and Dr. Abraham Stein offer periodontal therapy treatments to help fight infection, prevent missing teeth, and restore smiles.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Periodontal diseases are gum infections that develop on the roots of teeth. This happens when a sticky substance called plaque is not consistently removed from your teeth and gums. Plaque is loaded with bacteria that will irritate the gums and cause them to become infected. This bacteria filled substance will eventually develop into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar will need to be removed from the teeth especially at the gum line by a dental professional using special tools.
There are two types of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is frequently caused by inadequate oral hygiene and is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. However, it is reversible with the right professional care and a good oral hygiene routine.
This stage of gum disease develops when bacteria coat tooth roots and cause a chronic inflammatory response. This response deteriorates the gum tissue and ligaments that connect teeth to the jaw. Symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding, swollen, and red gums, bad breath, mouth sores, toothaches, and even loose teeth. Prompt and effective treatment for gum disease is the key to minimizing your risk for more complex problems that can impact long-term dental health and overall health and wellness.
What Does Gum Disease Look Like?
Unfortunately, many people do not even realize they suffer from this disease. The symptoms are either not that bad or patients thing they are being caused by something else. If you are visiting your dentist regularly, chances are they can catch the disease in the early stages. However, if you are in between visits or do not visit your dentist regularly, then please lookout for the following signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Sore, red, swollen, or irritated gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent Bad breath
- Sores in the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Pain while chewing
- Change in your bite
- Receding gums
- Puss in between teeth
- Change in the fit of your dentures
- Tooth loss
Causes of Gum Disease
The most common cause of this oral disease is lack of proper oral hygiene. Some people may simply fail to care for their teeth and gums while others suffer from a fear of the dentist and refuse to seek the dental care they need. Either way, your teeth and gums require consistent care that is necessary to keep them healthy. There are other things that can lead to periodontal disease including hormonal changes (pregnancy), certain medications, and diseases such as diabetes. Additional risk factors for gingivitis and periodontitis, including:
- Tobacco Products
- Heavy Alcohol Use
- Weakened Immune Systems
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is to maintain your oral health at home and schedule regular appointments at Premier Dentistry. During routine teeth cleanings, we remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is a large contributing factor to tooth decay and gum disease. Routine appointments to our Chicago dentist office by Millennium Park also result in fresher breath and brighter teeth. Additionally, we strongly suggest remaining in good overall health and quit using tobacco in any form.
Treating Gum Disease in Chicago
There are multiple treatment options for patients who have gingivitis or periodontitis:
Scaling & Root Planing: This treatment deep cleans the areas above and below the gum line. To perform scaling, a dental hygienist uses special tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the gums. Root planing smooths the surface of the tooth roots so they can reattach to the gums. Depending on your needs, we may need to repeat these treatments more than once to achieve the best results.
Antibacterial Rinses: An antibacterial rinse can benefit patients in the early stages of gum disease. Dr. Stein or Dr. Brand may prescribe a specific rinse to help improve your health and prevent gum irritation from developing further.
Laser Dentistry: In some cases, dental lasers may eliminate the need for gum surgery. Dental lasers precisely and safely remove diseased tissue while minimizing the risk of infection. Lasers offer many benefits including reduced bleeding, quick care, and painless treatment. Dental lasers also promote a faster healing response from the body.
Gum Surgery: For advanced stages of gum disease, gum surgery may be needed to remove diseased tissue. We will refer you to a specialist that can treat severe gum disease comfortably.
How is gum disease diagnosed?
This prevalent oral health disease must be diagnosed by a dentist. Most dentists will let you know they see the classic signs of gum disease during your regular dentist appointments every six months. However, if you are schedule these visits, then there is a chance you may have it and not even know. To ensure you are receiving the dental care you need, please visit one of caring dentists for a checkup every six months.
How much does it cost to treat gum disease?
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this. It is likely that the more severe your oral health is, the more expensive it will be to treat it. Additionally, if you suffer from advanced stages, you may require restorative dental treatments to restore your oral health. All these procedures will add up quickly. We strongly advise visiting one of our Chicago dentists for an examination. Then we will be able to create a treatment plan and give you an estimated cost of care including what your dental insurance will offer coverage for.
Schedule a Consultation
Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? You may be developing gum disease. Request an appointment with Chicago, IL dentists Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein today. You may also call Premier Dentistry for comfortable dental care at 312-726-1901.
At Premier Dentistry, our goal is to make treatment as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about gum disease treatment, please let Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein know at your next consultation. They will be happy to review your treatment options with you.