Prevent tooth loss with periodontal disease treatment (Gum Disease)
Your mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and while many of them are harmless, some of them can cause infections that destroy your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene and professional cleanings can remove bacteria before they cause irreversible damage, but if you aren’t thorough with your brushing and flossing, the bacteria are more difficult to remove. As they feed, they produce toxins that cause swelling in your gums. The swollen gums pull away from your teeth, which allows bacteria to thrive underneath your gum line, where they can form tartar that protects them from your saliva and toothbrush.
The longer you go without treatment, the more damage the bacteria cause to your gums. As the infection gets deeper, it can spread to your tooth root and jawbone and eventually reach your bloodstream. The sooner you get treatment, the easier it will be to address the issue without surgery or tooth extraction. If you have bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, or sensitivity to your teeth, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
While there is no cure for periodontal disease, the infection can be managed with proper intervention. Deep cleaning and scaling can remove tartar buildup throughout your mouth, and your dentist can encourage gum reattachment through root planing so your teeth can stay protected. Patients with advanced gum disease may need multiple sessions to cleanse the infection fully.
In some cases, damaged gum tissue may need to be removed so your mouth can heal, and if there is significant damage, you may need a procedure to reattach gum tissue to your teeth. Our team is focused on conservative treatments, and we will work with you to avoid surgery whenever possible. Contact our office in Chicago, IL, today at (773) 276-5566 to get the help you need managing periodontal disease.