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Gum Disease

Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues that support your teeth, caused by an excess of toxic bacteria that is found in plaque and tartar buildup.

What Causes Gum Disease?

  • Poor dental hygiene

  • Genetics

  • Tobacco use

  • Hormonal changes

  • Diabetes or other diseases

  • Grinding teeth

  • Certain medications

  • Chronic stress

  • Poor diet

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gum Bleeding: Persistent bleeding during brushing or flossing.

  • Swollen or Tender Gums: Gums that appear red, swollen, or are sensitive to touch.

  • Receding Gums: Noticeable gum recession, making teeth appear longer.

  • Persistent Bad Breath: Chronic bad breath that doesn't improve with oral hygiene practices.

  • Changes in Tooth Alignment: Shifting or loosening of teeth due to weakened gum support.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Gum disease treatment involves interventions to address and control the progression of periodontal disease. It aims to eliminate infection, reduce inflammation, and restore the health of the gums and supporting structures. Deep cleaning methods, such as scaling and root planing, can be incredibly effective in treating gum disease. Antibiotics or other medications can also be prescribed to treat infection and halt further progression. Advanced laser technology may be used to remove infected tissue and promote healing.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a non-surgical procedure that targets plaque and bacteria below the gumline, which helps to address the root causes of gum disease by cleaning deeper and more thoroughly than other dental hygiene methods.

Benefits of Treating Gum Disease

  • Gum Health Restoration: Treatment aims to restore the health of your gums, preventing further damage.

  • Prevention of Tooth Loss: Early intervention can prevent the progression of gum disease, preserving your natural teeth.

  • Improved Overall Health: Gum disease has been linked to systemic health issues, and treatment may contribute to improved overall health.

How can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Practicing good oral hygiene as well as scheduling routine dental cleanings can greatly decrease the risk of gum disease.

Why Choose Us?

Our commitment to your oral health includes:

  • A Thorough First Appointment – the first appointment is with the dentist in Elgin so he can really take the time to get to know you. He starts by reviewing your overall medical and dental history with you, assesses the X-rays that were taken, and discusses a treatment plan specific just for you. In many cases the doctor also does your cleaning, giving you more time to get to know each other better.

  • Experienced Dentist and staff: Our skilled and compassionate dental team is dedicated to providing top-notch care.

  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We utilize advanced technology for accurate diagnostics and effective treatments.

  • Patient-Centered Approach: Your comfort and well-being are our priorities.

Schedule a consultation with our dentist in Elgin so we can answer your questions about gum disease.

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