Periodontal Disease Treatment in Palatine, IL
Have you noticed a change recently in the way your gums look or feel? Gums that look puffy or swollen or bleed when you brush are not normal, and these symptoms and others are a sign that you have some form of periodontal disease.
At Palatine Complete Dental, we understand the destructive nature of gum disease and do everything we can to help you avoid developing it. We offer routine teeth cleanings and guidance to help prevent gum disease and expert periodontal treatment if it does develop.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Day after day, we learn more about the effects that untreated periodontal disease has on the body. This connection is called the oral-systemic link and means that your oral and general health are closely interconnected. What happens in your mouth can manifest in your body, and certain systemic diseases like diabetes also show up as symptoms that have a direct impact on your gum health.
Chronic inflammations in the mouth caused by gum disease can contribute to numerous systemic diseases, including heart and lung disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and pregnancy complications.
What Is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, and inflamed, swollen, or bleeding gums are your body’s response to harmful bacteria in your mouth. You can develop gum disease for several reasons, but it is commonly associated with inadequate brushing and flossing and a lack of professional dental care.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is widespread because, in the early stages, there may be no symptoms, or they may be so subtle that they go unnoticed. Signs of gum disease you should look out for are:
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Swollen, puffy, or inflamed gums
- Teeth that feel loose to the touch
- A change in the way your teeth feel when you bite down
- Chronic bad breath that isn’t helped by mouthwash
There are also several factors that put you at greater risk for developing a gum infection, including smoking and taking certain prescription medications that cause dry mouth. If you have a systemic disease like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you are also at an increased risk.
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
The periodontal treatment we provide at our Palatine dental office will be tailored to your individual needs.
In its earliest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is relatively easy to treat. One of our skilled hygienists will perform a thorough teeth cleaning, including brushing, flossing, and polishing to remove plaque and tartar from all the surfaces of your teeth. They’ll also provide tips for improving your oral hygiene routine at home to help prevent a recurrence of the disease.
Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that requires a specialized deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. The process of scaling removes plaque and tartar from all surfaces of your teeth. Planing smooths root surfaces and eliminates rough or uneven spots where bacteria can develop.
If we don’t treat gum disease promptly, the infection continues to damage the structures that support your teeth and can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Advanced Periodontitis Treatment
In severe cases, advanced periodontal disease may require surgery. This is done to make teeth more cleansable or even to grow back some of the lost bone support. Dr. Unti is trained to do most gum surgical treatments right here at our comfortable dental office.
Have you noticed you have receding gums? Receding gums can cause loosening of teeth, sensitivity, and be unsightly for front teeth. Dr. Unti is trained in many techniques using both your own tissue and AlloDerm to repair and strengthen the gum attachment thus stopping or even reversing the gum recession in some cases.
Do You Have Symptoms of Gum Disease?
We care about your oral health and your overall health and well-being, and the sooner we find and treat gum disease, the less long-term damage it will do to your oral health. If you’re due for a dental checkup and cleaning, please call Palatine Complete Dental.