The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that half of Americans age 30 or older have periodontal or gum disease. That’s more than 64 million Americans. At Northwestern Dental Group in Niles, Vernon Hills, Skokie, Gurnee, Arlington Heights, Deerfield, and Hawthorne Commons, Illinois, the team specializes in periodontics, a type of dentistry used to address this common problem. If you’re concerned about your risk of gum disease, call the office to make an appointment today.
Periodontics is a branch of oral health care focused on the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Periodontists, or dentists who specialize in gum disease, also undergo training in the placement of dental implants.
In addition to traditional dental school, periodontists — like the team at Northwestern Dental Group — participate in three additional years of education in order to effectively diagnose and treat gum disease. They’re also familiar with the latest techniques available to treat periodontal disease and can also perform periodontal cosmetic procedures.
In its early stages, gum disease doesn’t always present obvious symptoms. However, as the condition progresses, telltale signs include:
Other common symptoms of periodontal disease include receding gums and changes in the way your teeth fit together when you smile or bite.
To determine if you can benefit from periodontics, make an appointment with the team at Northwestern Dental Group. Following a series of cone beam CT scans, a thorough oral exam, and a review of your medical history, your dentist can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
Scaling and root planing is a periodontal procedure that involves your dentist performing a deep cleaning of your teeth below the gumline. First, your dentist removes all of the plaque and tartar that’s built up around your teeth (scaling). Next, your dentist smooths out your tooth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth (planing). Depending on the severity of your gum disease, scaling and root planing may take more than one appointment.
The easiest and most effective way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth once each day, and visit Northwestern Dental Group once every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
You should also try and avoid the use of tobacco products and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Whenever possible, you should also drink water instead of sugary beverages such as soda or coffee.
If you’re interested in learning more about periodontics, make an appointment at Northwestern Dental Group today. Call the office.