When patients neglect their oral hygiene and preventive dental care, complex dental problems may develop. One of the most common dental concerns that patients face is gum disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that compromises the health and function of the gum tissue, supporting bone structure, and teeth.
Most dentists recommend that patients visit the dentist biannually for preventive care exams. During a preventive care visit, your dentist can check for any early signs of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gum disease may lead to tooth loss. The goal is to prevent gum disease or treat it before it develops into a more severe oral health issue. At AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL, Dr. Brent Engelberg offers a full range of periodontal therapy services to treat various stages of gum disease.
Periodontal Therapy Services
Periodontal therapy may include both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. The goal of periodontal therapy is to restore gum health, address any damage, and prevent further complication to the teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the areas above and below the gum line. Patients with gum disease may have a build-up of plaque and tartar, which will be removed using special instruments.
- Gum Grafting: When there is extensive damage to the gums, patients may need to undergo gum grafting to restore damaged gum tissue. Depending on the case, a dentist may use a portion of your healthy gum tissue or use donor tissue to repair your gums.
- Laser Therapy: Laser therapy has revolutionized periodontal therapy. Laser dentistry allows the dentist to treat various stages of gum disease with minimal bleeding, faster recovery, and more predictable results.
- Dental Implant: In advance stage gum disease, patients are at risk of losing one or more teeth. Most dentists recommend dental implants as the preferred method for restoring missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to replicate the natural tooth root, thus creating the ideal foundation for supporting a dental crown.
The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to practice proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist for regular screenings and cleanings. To learn more about taking care of your gums or periodontal therapy, visit AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL.
Schedule An Appointment
To learn more about our service, visit our Arlington Heights dental office. To schedule an appointment, call 847.230.9703 or request an appointment online.