Gum Disease Treatment - Skokie
Revitalize Oral Health
At North Shore Family Dentistry, our team wants to help every patient maintain a full, healthy smile for life – but unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease can make this goal impossible. Studies suggest that over half of the population here in the United States suffers from a mild to advanced form of this dangerous infection, and early treatment is vital to protect your teeth and bone structures. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Skokie, IL dental office location for more assistance from Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Wulfsohn.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Your mouth is full of countless kinds of bacteria, some of which are harmful. Over time, they will combine with mucus and other particles in order to form a substance known as “plaque.” While plaque can be effectively removed from the smile with regular brushing and flossing, missed areas will slowly toughen into tartar. Heavy accumulations of these dangerous substances will eventually result in gum disease.
Common risk factors for gum disease include smoking, having diabetes, regularly taking medications that reduce your saliva production, and simple genetics. If you experience any of the following symptoms regularly, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment here in Skokie:
- Oral bleeding that occurs after brushing and flossing
- Gum tissue that seems strangely red, swollen, and/or tender to the touch
- Teeth that feel loose, or a sudden change in the way your bite fits together
- Excessive dental sensitivity
- A receding gum line (teeth will appear longer)
- Severe bad breath that lingers even after practicing oral hygiene
While mild gum disease (also known as gingivitis) can often be alleviated with more frequent hygiene appointments, our team will need to go deeper when more serious symptoms are present. We will perform an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing, which consists of two separate segments and is typically performed over multiple appointments. First, we will eliminate accumulations of bacteria and plaque from above and underneath the gum line. Then, the tooth root surfaces will be gently smoothed in order to prevent further build-ups.
Antibiotic therapy may be recommended as a supplement to scaling and root planing. Our goal is to maximize bacterial elimination and ensure that any areas of the mouth that were missed during the initial treatment are dealt with. This medication comes in several different forms, including an oral pill and a gel that is applied directly to the gum tissue.