What is gum disease?

Gum disease, more formally known as periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition that affects the soft tissues of the mouth. The beginning stage of the disease, gingivitis, is characterized by inflammation in the gums and can usually be treated fairly easily. If this condition is not properly treated, it may progress into the more serious form of the disease, called periodontitis. Your routine visits to Oradent Associates are essential in making sure that Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, and Dr. Sher are able to diagnose and treat gum disease at the earliest possible stage, helping to avoid more serious problems like shifting teeth, tooth loss, and more.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

The following are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. If you notice any of these signs, we encourage you to contact our office soon:

  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Reddened gums
  • Gum recession
  • Tender gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen gums
  • Painful or difficult chewing

Our skilled dentists will be able to determine the best treatment option for your smile.

How do you treat gum disease?

The treatment for periodontal disease depends on the severity of the condition and your personal dental needs. Based on your needs, we may recommend:

  • Deep teeth cleaning – A deep cleaning is a more thorough version of the regular cleaning you experience at your regular checkups. The aim of this deep cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line (scaling). We will also remove bacteria and smooth the surfaces of your teeth’s roots, which is called root planing. After your deep cleaning, we often recommend a strong mouth rinse to help prevent future infection.
  • Tissue rejuvenation – We may recommend a tissue graft to stimulate weakened gum and bone tissues, encouraging tissue regeneration. We may apply antibiotic treatments to the tissues as well.
  • Pocket reduction – This is a surgical treatment that involves both removing tartar deposits and reducing infected spaces between the teeth and gums. This helps to speed the healing process.
  • Dental implants – If you experience tooth loss because of periodontal disease, implants can be a great option for replacing the missing tooth and root structures.

To learn more about treatment for gum disease in Chicago, Illinois, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.