Understanding periodontal disease, gingivitis and how we can help you fix your gums.
Like any strong building or structure if the foundation isn’t strong then the building isn’t strong. The same applies to teeth. The foundation of our teeth and supporting structures are our bones and gums.
Gum disease has 2 forms: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
Gingivitis occurs when a buildup of bacteria occurs on our teeth by our gumline. This is called plaque. This plaque causes our gums to swell, inflame, and bleed easy. It can also cause bad breath. Gingivitis is mostly caused by inadequate brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is reversible when plaque is removed and the teeth kept clean.
If gingivitis is left untreated it can progress to Periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when plaque spreads below the gum line and starts causing disease in the gums and bone supporting that support the teeth. The body responds to this by creating inflammation which in turn can cause “pockets” where bacteria can harbor even more and make it harder to clean. This is turn breaks down the tissue under the gums and causes bone loss. Bone loss will eventually lead to tooth loss.
This procedure is utilized to clean deep under your gums to stop the progression of periodontal disease. First you dentist or hygienist will numb the area (typically one side of your mouth at a time) and then proceed to scale and clean all the bacteria from your teeth and underneath your gums.
After the procedure is completed it is imperative to improve home care (brushing and flossing) and maintain regular dental cleanings. The frequency of the cleanings will be determined by our dentists and hygienists based upon how well your gums respond to treatment and the quality of home care.
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13038 South Lagrange Road
Palos Park, IL 60464