What is Periodontitis?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is a condition affecting the gums and bone support of the teeth, or as it is often called, “gum disease.” Gum disease is one of the first and most serious factors affecting the health of the teeth, and when it exists, will be treated with periodontics in Lisle. Gum diseases can be treated with various methods to ward off bone loss and other complications.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is vital that you visit a periodontal specialist:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen or painful gums
  • Pain in the gums or mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Changes in your bite
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth

Stages of Gum Disease 

Periodontal disease moves through several phases, as follows:

  • Gingivitis: When plaque builds up at the gumline, the condition is called “gingivitis.” This condition can be successfully treated and is reversible as bone loss has not yet occurred.
  • Minor periodontal disease: The bone and fibers supporting the roots of the teeth has begun. This phase can be treated with a specialized process called “root planing.”
  • Moderate periodontal disease: The pockets around the teeth are deeper, allowing bacteria to move into the bones and bloodstream. A specialized gum disease treatment can be performed to treat the bacteria.
  • Advanced periodontal disease: The bone supporting the teeth has become deteriorated. This condition must be treated with a specialized therapy or surgery to clean the bacteria out of the deeper pockets where bacteria is flourishing.
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What are the Treatments for Gum Disease?

If you suffer from gum disease, you are at risk of bone loss, receding gums, and tooth loss. Our periodontics in Naperville will reflect your individual condition, and may include:

  • More frequent professional cleanings: If you suffer from gum disease, you can benefit from more frequent professional cleanings to remove the plaque and tartar lodged below the gum line.
  • Scaling or root planing: This deep cleaning, non-surgical treatment is performed painlessly, as anesthetic is applied before the treatment. Plaque and tartar are removed with a special tool, and rough areas of the tooth roots are smoothed so that bacteria do not have hidden crevices in which to flourish.

The Dental Office for the Entire Family: Ladone Family Dental.

Ladone Family Dental has been serving the people throughout the Western Suburbs, including the communities of Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton for generations. As a family of dentists, we are deeply committed to the people we treat, and ensuring their journey to a healthy mouth and a brilliant smile is comfortable and successful. We take great personal satisfaction in helping our patients with their dental issues and offer professional periodontal treatments to restore healthy gums. We offer free consultations and take our responsibility to our patients very seriously – we are here to support you, help you, and improve your overall wellbeing and your quality of life.

Recovery After Treatment for Periodontal Disease

The recovery time will vary, based on the extent of your gum disease, but is generally uneventful and fast. You can expect some bleeding, and can manage it by replacing surgical gauze, while avoiding excess mouth rinsing or spitting at first. If you experience swelling, apply a cool pack to the side of the face every fifteen minutes. Take any prescribed or over-the-counter medication as directed to stay comfortable or ward off infection. Eat only soft foods for several days during your recovery. Some patients may require a liquid diet for a few days. Once healed, follow our dentist recommendations for continuing to maintain healthy gums, and ensure you have regular checkups.

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