Periodontics (Gum Disease)

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth. This specialty focuses exclusively in the inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth.

How Do I Know If I Need It / Symptoms?

Warning signs of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Receding gum lines, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Evidence of pus between your gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Change in your bite
  • Change in the fit of dentures

What Are My Options?

Periodontists treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatment options:

  • Non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing
  • Gum graft surgery, where gum tissue is taken from another donor source to cover the root
  • Laser treatment
  • Regenerative procedures for destroyed tooth bone
  • Dental crown lengthening by reshaping excess gum and bone tissue
  • Dental implants
  • Pocket reduction procedures for severe gum disease
  • Plastic surgery procedures

What Is The Recovery Time?

Periodontal maintenance is a personalized program developed once periodontal health has been improved for the patient. These appointments tend to occur more often than the traditional six-month cleanings, as they are designed to prevent reoccurring periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, just like diabetes, so ongoing treatment is necessary to ensure that periodontal diseases do not recur.

Am I A Candidate?

Schedule an appointment with our Elmwood Park office to determine if you have periodontal disease or at high risk. Or call 708-456-1188 if you have any questions.

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