Periodontist in Chicago
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health risks, affecting countless adults throughout the United States. While easily prevented, the condition can quickly compromise patients’ oral and overall health and require advanced treatments in order to correct it. In Chicago, Dr. Zenobia Sowell and her associate Dr. Morgan Coakley combine trusted dental techniques with advanced technology to help patients overcome gum disease and restore their smiles to optimal health and function.
The Consequences of Gum Disease
Caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar at the gum line, the progress of periodontal disease is divided into three distinct stages:
Gingivitis, during which bacteria and plaque cause gum inflammation and bleeding; periodontitis, where bacteria causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating periodontal pockets in which more bacteria and plaque become trapped; and advanced periodontitis, during which bacteria begin to attack the connective tissue and bone which hold teeth in place, leading to eventual tooth loss.
In addition to damaging the dentition, gum disease can have a profound impact on other parts of the body. Recent studies have indicated a link between periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, increased blood sugar in patients with diabetes, and other health conditions. For pregnant women, gum disease can elevate the likelihood of a high-risk pregnancy, low birth weight, and other complications for the unborn child.
With these health consequences in mind, seeking care as soon as patients begin exhibiting symptoms is critical to keeping your smile as healthy as possible.
Treating Gum Disease
At So-Well Dental Associates, we use innovative dental technology to treat cases of periodontal disease. Starting with an in-depth assessment of the condition of your gums, our Chicago dentist will recommend care based on the degree of seriousness to your smile. For patients with mild cases of gingivitis, the condition and damage can be reversed with aggressive deep cleaning and an improved oral hygiene routine at home.
In cases where the disease has progressed to the periodontitis stage, Dr. Sowell may use advanced dental lasers to remove bacteria and infected tissue from below the gum line. Known as the PRP machine, this innovative technology is less invasive than traditional root planing and scaling. In addition to thoroughly removing bacteria, this device cauterizes tissue during treatment, helping to lessen post-treatment bleeding and discomfort. This also help stimulate accelerated healing, helping patients regain oral wellness faster.
Some instances of advanced periodontitis may require advanced care at the hands of a specialist. At our Chicago dental practice, we work with local periodontists who visit our office to provide specialized care in a comfortable environment.
Following treatment, our dentists begin the process of selecting the right restorative care to improve dental function. These restorative solutions can range from gum re-contouring in instances of gum recession to full dental implant placement in cases where the tooth has fallen out.
Learn More Today
At So-Well Dental Associates, our goal is to help patients improve every aspect of their smile and retain oral wellness for a lifetime. To learn more about preventing and treating periodontal disease, contact our Chicago dentists today.