Skilled Periodontics in Park Ridge

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If you're suffering from gum disease, you know that it can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. As such, it can be challenging to find a dentist with the skills and knowledge to address it effectively. At Associates in Dentistry, we're proud to offer exceptional Park Ridge periodontics to help improve and protect your gum health from harmful diseases.

Over the years, we've improved our periodontal offerings so that we can handle our patients' moderate and severe periodontal disease cases. Whether you're close to losing teeth because of gum disease or you're struggling with gum recession, our team is here for you. Call or visit us today to schedule your next appointment and discover how our services can benefit you!


5 Signs of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth. If gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to extensive jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is characterized by inflammation and bleeding gums. Gingivitis is easy to treat on its own but can quickly progress to periodontitis without proper dental attention.

At Associates in Dentistry, we're proud to provide skilled periodontics to help get your gums to look and feel their best. However, you must understand the signs of gum disease so that you know when to pursue treatment, some of which include:

  1. A sensitivity to cold or hot beverages.
  2. Intense gum bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth.
  3. Bad breath that doesn't go away after brushing your teeth.
  4. Swollen and puffy gums that hurt to the touch.
  5. Gum line recession that seems to get progressively worse.

Our Extensive Periodontal Services

At Associates in Dentistry, we know how complex and challenging gum disease can be. That's why our Park Ridge periodontic services are centered around treating even the most complex gum disease cases. When you visit our practice for the first time, we'll begin by asking you questions about your oral health. Have you noticed that your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? Do you have a history of gum disease? Once we have some information to go off, we'll conduct an extensive oral exam using various technologies to look at your teeth, gums, and jawbones. Finally, our dentist will create your personalized treatment plan, which outlines our recommended services. Our dentist is also more than happy to break down what each service encompasses and why they recommend it.

Some of the periodontic services that may be in your plan include:

  • Scaling & Root Planing: Deep cleaning for gum disease can be broken down into two components: scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. Root planing is when the periodontist smooths out your tooth roots, which helps your gums attach to your teeth and create a seal that helps keep bacteria out. Scaling and root planing are considered minimally invasive and one of the first options when dealing with gum disease.
  • Osseous Surgery: At Associates in Dentistry, we can treat moderate to severe gum disease with osseous surgery. This procedure reduces the pockets around your teeth so that harmful bacteria can't occupy them. Our periodontist will reshape the bone around your teeth during your surgery, reposition your gums, and suture the area. We may recommend osseous surgery if you have gum pockets that are too large and deep for scaling and root planing to address.
  • Bone Grafts: When gum disease is left untreated for long periods of time, it can cause you to lose jawbone material. Our dental office is proud to provide bone grafting, a surgical procedure that takes healthy bone from your mouth and places it in areas weakened by gum disease. By using your body's natural healing process, your bone graft will support natural bone growth and, in combination with other services, prevent the progression of gum disease.
  • Tissue Grafts: Like bone grafts, tissue grafts take healthy soft tissue from your mouth and reinforce areas affected by gum recession. To help improve the efficiency of our procedure and speed up recovery times, we use state-of-the-art laser technology. As our laser manipulates your tissue, it also cauterizes the area, which helps speed up your body's recovery process.
  • Gingivectomies: A gingivectomy is a type of oral surgical procedure that removes a portion of your gums from around either a tooth or multiple teeth. Normally, our office will recommend a gingivectomy before gum disease has done extensive damage to the bone supporting your teeth. Above all else, a gingivectomy can help stop the progression of gum disease and allow your smile the chance to heal.

Park Ridge Periodontics for Your Smile

At Associated in Dentistry, we're privileged to leverage our extensive experience and skills to offer periodontics to Park Ridge and its surrounding areas. Whether you're suffering from severe gum pain or gum recession, our periodontist and dental team are here to get your smile back on track. Our team can't wait to meet you and provide quality care to improve the condition of your gums. Call us today to schedule your next appointment and get the gum disease and gum recession treatment you need!


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