Periodontal disease is an insidious oral health problem. This disease can progress asymptomatically for months or years, all the while depleting the health and stability of your smile.
Our Lincoln Park dentists provide the restorative periodontal disease treatment that patients need to stay well. Let’s learn more about what is involved in repairing a smile suffering from periodontal disease.
Gum disease occurs when a patient’s gum tissue becomes infected with harmful oral bacteria. These bacteria go to work deteriorating gum tissue, and over time, weakening the connective tissues and bone tissues of a patient’s smile.
The first key to treating periodontal disease is to remove any infected material. Then our dental team will prescribe an oral hygiene plan for the patient, so as to minimize further bacterial build-up, and give the gum tissue a chance to heal.
If a patient has lost significant gum tissue, it may be necessary for our dental team to perform gum tissue grafts. During this procedure our team builds up depleted areas of the patient’s smile with oral tissues that have been harvested from healthier parts of the smile.
In extreme cases of periodontal disease, patients lose teeth due to rampant infection. When this is the case our dental team uses tooth replacement options to make the patient’s smile whole again. Dental implants are highly effective, and exceptionally natural looking, stand-alone replacement teeth. Every dental implant has a tooth root that extends into the patient’s jawbone, so these replacement teeth actually help to bolster jawbone density.
The earlier that you are able to spot, and seek treatment for gum disease, the better your long-term prognosis is. So talk to your dentist about your gum health—are there any preventive measures that you should incorporate into your dental hygiene routine?
Our Lincoln Park dentists are happy to give you additional information—give us a call to get started!