At AHSmiles in Arlington Heights, IL, Dr. Brent Engelberg offers a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to help patients improve their oral health. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Engelberg has identified and treated a variety of dental concerns. One of the most common dental concern is gum disease. Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria in the mouth that weakens the gums and teeth over time. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to issues like shifting teeth and eventually tooth loss. Dr. Engelberg prefers to spot gum disease early to avoid the need for advanced treatment.
We recommend patients visit our Arlington Heights dental office twice a year for routine exams. During routine exams, Dr. Engelberg can spot any early signs of complex dental problems and provide the treatment you need to improve your smile. Patients can contact our Arlington Heights dental office or schedule an appointment online.
Treating Gum Disease in Arlington Heights
During your visit, Dr. Engelberg will examine your smile to check for signs of gum disease. The type of treatment you receive will be dependent on your overall health and the stage of your gum disease.
- Anti-bacterial rinses: During gingivitis, Dr. Engelberg may recommend an antibacterial rinse that reduces the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Anti-bacterial rinse can reduce inflammation in the gums and minimize the amount of plaque that forms on the teeth.
- Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to eliminate gum disease and restore health back to your smile. Scaling and root planing is an extensive cleaning of the teeth and gums, which removes harmful plaque and tartar from below the gumline.
- Laser dentistry: Lasers are used to gently remove damaged gum tissue. With advancements in technology, lasers are used to treat gum disease and reduce the amount of recovery time needed.