Periodontal Care

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WHAT IS PERIODONTAL CARE?

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When it comes to oral health, many people focus on teeth. However, that’s only part of the story. Healthy gums are an integral part of oral and overall health. Moreover, periodontal care prioritizes maintaining and improving gum health for life. Are you concerned about the health of your gums? Schedule a periodontal or preventative care appointment in Westmont, IL, by calling (630) 812-7755 or messaging Evolve Dentistry online.

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

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Sometimes called periodontitis or periodontal disease, gum disease is an oral infection that starts in the gums but can destroy the tissues and bones around the teeth.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF GUM DISEASE?

Generally, oral health professionals divide gum disease into four stages. The distinctions between these stages are based on signs of gum disease, which worsen with disease progression.

GINGIVITIS

Typically, gingivitis symptoms are showcased as painful, swollen gums, bleeding gums when brushing, and tartar and calculus accumulation. It’s easy to overlook these symptoms, and often the initial stage of gum disease goes unnoticed. Unfortunately, gingivitis is the only stage that can be reversed through proactive periodontal care.

MILD PERIODONTITIS

As gingivitis worsens, the gum pockets fill with tartar and calculus. This causes periodontal pockets to deepen and the start of bone atrophy.

MODERATE PERIODONTITIS

Commonly, moderate periodontal disease is classified by even deeper periodontal pockets and 50% bone loss.

ADVANCED PERIODONTITIS

In the most advanced stages of periodontitis, pockets deepen, and the bone loss continues. Because of the lack of support from the gum tissue and bones, tooth loss might occur.

HOW IT WORKS

Do you suspect that you could have gum disease? If so, this is generally what happens at a periodontal care appointment:

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR GUMS COULD INFLUENCE YOUR HEART, BRAIN, AND OTHER BODY PARTS?

Beyond gum tissue and bone deterioration and tooth loss, the strain of bacteria responsible for gum disease can enter the bloodstream through the gingival tissue. When this happens, this gum disease-causing bacteria theoretically affects other parts of the body. For instance, researchers link gum disease to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia.

BEFORE

One of our Evolve Dentistry team members will inspect the status of your gums to check for signs of redness, puffiness, or bleeding. Additionally, he or she will probe and measure your gum pockets. If periodontitis is suspected, he or she might order a digital x-ray.

DURING

Primarily, gum disease treatment is based on gum disease symptoms. For instance, gingivitis is curable and can be reversed through deep dental cleaning. On the other end of the spectrum, advanced periodontitis is much more severe. It might take a series of customized treatments to manage (such as deep dental cleaning, bone grafting, and dental implant surgery for tooth replacement).

AFTER

If you’re susceptible or already have gum disease, Dr. Ahmed or Dr. Mohammed might suggest frequent periodontal cleaning appointments to ensure that your gums, teeth, and jawbones stay intact. Pristine oral hygiene is the top way to keep gum disease-causing bacteria at bay.

WHAT ISSUES CAN PERIODONTAL DISEASE TREATMENT SOLVE?

Gum disease is the root cause of many oral health symptoms, including persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose or shifting teeth, and bite changes. Also, it can worsen other systemic conditions (like diabetes). Therefore, targeted periodontal disease treatment could alleviate the severity of these conditions.

IS IT TIME FOR YOUR NEXT DENTAL APPOINTMENT NEAR DARIEN, IL?

Are you looking for stand-out dentistry services in Westmont, IL? If so, schedule an appointment at Evolve Dentistry by calling (630) 812-7755 or messaging us online. We look forward to assisting you and your loved ones.

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