First Point Dental offers specialized periodontal treatment at its clinics in Westmont and Hoffman Estates. At our clinics, patients are provided thorough oral evaluation, prevention, right diagnosis, and accreditated treatment procedure. We offer top-of-the-line comfort and care to the patients at an affordable treatment cost. At our state-of-the-art Clinics, your periodontal treatment will be handled by a dentist. We deploy the latest and advanced technology like 3-D CT scanners and x-rays to treat gum disease with extreme caution while delivering optimum results.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, it’s the leading factor behind tooth loss in American adults. According to the FDA, periodontal disease is observed in almost 75 percent of American adults over the age of 35. It starts from the bacterial growth in the mouth and if left untreated, it would cause tooth loss. This would happen in severe cases due to the damage to the tissue surrounding the teeth. Usually, Gingivitis (gum inflammation) is observed before the occurrence of periodontitis (gum disease). Yet, one shouldn’t expect that gum inflammation could progress to gum disease. This could be avoided by regular dental check-ups and following the dentist’s outlined treatment plan.
How is Gum disease diagnosed?
- Checking the gums for tenderness, swelling, or bleeding
- Check for loose teeth
- Dental X-rays
- Measuring the gums
- Checking sensitive teeth
What Causes Gum Disease?
Dentists often pinpoint plaque as the leading factor behind gum disease. Apart from it, there are other causes of periodontitis in Americans-
- Poor Oral Hygiene Habit: Individuals not following the right oral hygiene like brushing and flossing twice a day
- Poor Lifestyle Choices: Smoking and liquor consumption slows down the healing of gum tissue
- Medication Impact: Certain medicines are known to lessen the flow of saliva in the mouth. This leads to lowering of protection for the gums and teeth. Consult your dentist at First Point Dental as well as your doctor regarding the medication’s impact on oral health.
- Hormonal Changes: Body hormonal changes occurring during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and the menstruation cycle are known to make the gums sensitive. This is an underlying cause of gum inflammation.
- Serious Medical Illness: Debilitating medical diseases like HIV, cancer affects the body’s immunity system. Also, diabetics are at a higher risk of getting afflicted with periodontal disease and cavities.
Symptoms/Signs of Gum disease
Gum diseases progress without causing discomfort/pain to the individuals. Also, one should note that symptoms are not experienced even at the later stage of the gum disease. Yet, there are certain symptoms to observe like-
- Swelling in gum
- Sensitiveness to hotness or coldness
- Bleeding of gums while brushing
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Pain in chewing solid food
- Loosening of teeth
- Tenderness in the gums
In case, you feel any discomfort in teeth or gums, consult your dentist immediately.
Treatment of Gum disease:
Treatment could be done by a periodontist, a dentist, or a dental hygienist at a dental clinic near you. The treatment would initiate post a dental examination to evaluate the severity of the gum disease. Our objective is to clean the region around teeth while preventing any damage to the surrounding bone at the same time. Follow the laid-down guideline by the dentist in regards to the right oral hygiene.
This is preferred when the patient doesn’t exhibit signs of advanced gum disease. This would include non-invasive procedures like-
- Root Planing
This is recommended to individuals who are suffering from advanced periodontitis-
- Bone grafting
- Soft tissue grafts
- Flap surgery
- Guided tissue regeneration