What is the best treatment for periodontal disease?

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone. This condition affects millions of Americans; many don’t even know they have it! That is why routine examinations and cleanings should be done at Westwyn Dental LLC of Berwyn, Illinois, to ensure that this condition is caught in the earliest stages for the most effective periodontal disease therapy for your needs. If you have been advised that you have gum disease and need periodontal treatment, we encourage you to call our office to request an initial evaluation.

What is periodontal disease?

Understanding periodontal disease is the first step in finding the best treatment for your condition. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis, is an infection of the surrounding tissues that support your teeth. It can range in severity from mild inflammation, known as gingivitis, to more advanced stages that might lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

What treatments might my dental team recommend to improve my gum disease?

The type of treatment selected depends heavily on the severity of your gum disease. We typically recommend more dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene practices at home in the early stages. If your condition has progressed, we may suggest scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning treatment that removes both plaque and tartar from below the gum line.

In some cases, additional periodontal surgery might be necessary to repair damaged tissues and correct any underlying issues causing the gum disease. This option may be discussed after we effectively control the infection with gum treatment at our office.

How do I connect with a dentist who offers treatment for periodontitis near me?

If you live in the communities of Cicero, Brookfield, Riverside, Forest View, Stickney, Forest Park, or Berwyn, IL, and want to talk to our providers at Westwyn Dental LLC about effective periodontal disease therapy for your smile, call (708) 797-9377 to request a visit with our team for comprehensive dental care.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

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.