Even though your teeth get all the attention, the condition of your gums is just as important to your oral health. So-Well Dental Associates knows this, which is why they offer exceptional periodontics services to their patients in Gold Coast of Chicago, serving Magnificent Mile, Near North, Lincoln Park, and Streeterville. Schedule a periodontics consultation today and start your journey towards optimal oral health. You can book your visit by phone or online.
Periodontics is the dental specialty concerned with the health of your gums. Periodontists mainly deal with treating gum disease, but they also specialize in dental implants.
Your dentist or dental hygienist checks for signs of periodontal disease during your routine dental cleanings.
They use a thin rod called a periodontal probe to measure the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gums. They also take into account any bleeding, inflammation, and tooth mobility when making your diagnosis.
So-Well Dental Associates offers a variety of periodontal treatments. Your dentist will recommend a particular procedure based on the severity of your condition.
If your gum disease is in the early gingivitis stages, your dentist might recommend a couple of deep professional cleanings and improved at-home care. Gum disease can actually be easily reversed if it’s caught in the early stages.
If your gum disease has progressed to the stage of periodontitis, your dentist might recommend scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning procedure that’s done under local anesthetic. Your dentist first removes plaque, tartar, and toxins from above and below your gumline (scaling) before smoothing the rough edges of your teeth (planing) to give your gums a clean surface for reattaching. Your dentist might also recommend certain medications, medicated mouthwashes, and an electric toothbrush to enhance your recovery.
If your pockets still haven’t shrunk after scaling and root planing, you might need more advanced treatments, like flap/pocket reduction surgery.
Your dentist will usually recommend more frequent cleanings and checkups after your periodontal treatment. They might suggest coming in four times per year instead of the usual two.
During these appointments, your dentist will continue to monitor your pocket depth and remove any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar that’s built up above or below your gumline.
The best way to keep your gums healthy, though, is to practice diligent and thorough oral hygiene at home. Gum disease is entirely preventable with good at-home care and regular cleaning appointments with your dentist.
To learn more about how So-Well Dental Associates can help keep your gums healthy, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.