Gum Disease Arlington Heights, IL

Arlington Heights dentists Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey offer comprehensive dental care, including periodontal therapy for treating the various symptoms of gum disease and restoring your dental health.

Maintaining the health of your gums is the key to enjoying a lifetime of optimal dental health. Gum disease affects approximately 75% of adults at some point in their lives and remains the leading cause of tooth loss today. Routine dental care provides the opportunity for our staff to spot the early signs of gum disease during a periodontal screening, significantly reducing the risk of damage to the teeth and gums as a result of advanced disease.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease has two stages and can often progress unnoticed in patients who do not receive regular dental care or are prone to periodontal disease. Early intervention can avoid deteriorating dental health and the need for extensive treatment to address damage to both the teeth and the gums.

  • Gingivitis: the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis is often characterized by sensitive gums, bleeding gums or gums that appear red and swollen. This is the result of early infection of the gum tissue from plaque that is building up along the gum line.
  • Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, symptoms of periodontitis can include the above as well as receding gums, shifting teeth and a change in the fit of dental appliances as bacteria moves deeper into the gum tissue and affects the tooth roots.

Common Signs of Gum Disease

Understanding and recognizing the signs of gum disease can prevent progression and possible damage to teeth and gums. Common signs and symptoms can include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or shifted teeth
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of dentures
  • Sores in the mouth

Treatment for Gum Disease

Dr. Engelberg will assess your oral health and recommend the appropriate periodontal therapy for your unique needs. Treatment will depend on the stage of gum disease and any contributing medical or lifestyle factors. Treatment options can include:

  • Anti-bacterial rinses: for early stage gum disease, an anti-bacterial rinse can reduce the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth
  • Scaling and root planing: a thorough cleaning technique performed in our office which removes plaque from the tooth roots and deep recesses of the gums
  • Laser dentistry: gentle dental lasers can remove damaged and diseased tissue, enabling the gums to heal
  • Referral to a specialist: for advanced cases of gum disease requiring more extensive treatment, Dr. Engelberg will refer patients to a local specialist


3440 N. Old Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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