4934 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
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Gum Disease

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What treatments are available for patients with gum disease?

There are several situations that can occur when it comes to periodontal disease, and finding the proper treatment will vary between patients based on their unique conditions. During an evaluation, our dedicated and experienced team at Eco Friendly Dentistry may recommend one solution to one patient and another to a different patient. If you have bleeding gums, you may have a gum infection known as gum disease or the earliest stage known as gingivitis.

The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.

What treatment do I need after a diagnosis of gum disease?

Below are just a few of the treatments available for patients with gum disease who visit Drs. Ahmed Mataria and Angela Suh:

  • Periodontal scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is a dental procedure that involves removing both plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. It can help to improve gum health and allow patients to keep their condition from progressing to the later stages of periodontal disease.
  • Localized Antibiotic Therapy: Arestin, an antibiotic, is a special medication that is used in combination with scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) that can be used to help kill harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Oral surgery: In some situations, surgery may be necessary to treat gum disease. This can include procedures such as gingival flap surgery, gum contouring, or bone grafting. Your dentist will evaluate your situation and determine if you are a proper candidate for oral surgeries during or after gum disease treatment.
  • Treatment of underlying conditions: If an underlying condition is causing gum disease, treating the infection can help improve gum health. Certain conditions that can contribute to the development of gum disease include diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
  • Laser Bacterial Reduction:

How do I know which gum disease treatment is proper for my smile?

Our team at Eco Friendly Dentistry in Oak Lawn, Illinois, works directly with patients to help them determine what type of treatment is most desirable for their unique situation. During an evaluation appointment, Dr. Mataria and Dr. Suh work with individuals to get them a definitive diagnosis of their condition and determine the stage at which it has progressed. Only then, can they make educated recommendations regarding the best course of treatment.

Call Eco Friendly Dentistry today!

Connect with our providers and make your first appointment today! Call 773-429-1400 to request a visit with Drs Ahmed Mataria and Angela Suh.