Periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is a progressive bacterial infection. It can affect the health and function of your teeth and gums if left untreated. At The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we offer complete care for the prevention, diagnosing, and treatment of all stages of periodontal disease.
Our team works with each of our patients on an individual basis to assess their needs and create a comprehensive treatment plan that works best for their smile. If you have not visited the dentist for your biannual dental exam, we invite you to visit our Skokie dental practice. Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss are experienced dentists who are committed to helping you improve your gum health. Learn about our comprehensive care for gum disease in Skokie, IL below.
Treatment For Gum Disease in our Dentist Office in Skokie
The main goals of our gum disease treatment is to remove gum infection, treat damage to the teeth and gums, and minimize the risk of reinfection. At The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we offer a wide range of periodontal therapy and treatment options for gums disease. During your visit, Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss will assess the condition and health of your gums to determine the stage of gum disease and the extent of the damage. Depending on your needs, our team may recommend one or more of the following solutions to stop bleeding gums and restore your gum health:
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Gum Surgery
- Laser Dentistry
- Antibacterial Rinse
- Bleeding gums treatment
- Restorative dentistry for the effects of gum disease
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. During this stage, patients may experience symptoms signs such as:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Inflamed gums
- Pain or discomfort while chewing
When left untreated, gingivitis can progress into a more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis. During periodontitis, patients are more prone to experience a condition where the gums separate from the teeth which cause periodontal pockets to develop near the teeth and gum line. When left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, loss of bone tissue, and damage to the gums.
It is no surprise that periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. However, with routine care and preventive dentistry, patients can reduce their risk of developing gum disease. It is also important to know your risk factors for gum disease and work closely with your dentist to reduce your risk. Some of the most common causes of gum disease can include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tobacco use and smoking
- Hormonal changes
- Certain types of medication
- Poor nutrition
Gum Disease Prevention
When plaque and tartar are not properly removed from the teeth, it can lead to gingivitis. In order to reduce plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, patients should brush at least twice a day and floss their teeth at least once a day. Practicing a proper oral hygiene routine is key to improving your dental health and reducing your risk of gum disease. In addition to an excellent oral hygiene routine, we also suggest that patients visit the dentist for periodontal therapy, or gum disease screenings and routine dental cleanings.
If you notice a sign of gum disease, do not panic. Catching signs and symptoms early can help you more easily manage treatment. Integrate a hydrogen peroxide rinse into your brushing and flossing routine until you can see the dentist for treatment.
Gum Disease FAQs
Is periodontal therapy painful?
Periodontal therapy should not be painful. Dentists will use a numbing agent on the gums and roots of teeth to relieve pain. This provides a more comfortable and pain free dental experience.
How long does periodontal treatment take?
The average amount of time the procedure takes for periodontal treatment is two hours. Most patients will be partially or fully sedated for the entirety of the procedure.
When can I eat after periodontal treatment?
Patients should be sure not to eat anything until all anesthesia has worn off. It is advised to stick to a soft diet until your teeth and gums adjust and feel comfortable.
If you would like to learn more about improving your gum health or exploring your treatment options for gum disease, visit The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss offer a full range of comprehensive treatment plans for patients with varying stages of periodontal disease. To schedule your appointment or a gum disease screening, call 847-920-4747 or request an appointment online.