• Blog >
  • Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
RSS Feed

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Sometimes tooth loss is inevitable because of genetics and other factors, but it begins with periodontal disease, which is preventable with adequate oral care and routine visits to the dentist. This type of gum infection divvies into four separate stages that range from mild to severe, and it can cause dangerous complications if left untreated. To enhance the health of your mouth, and everything inside, Dr. Dean Sana and Dr. Nicole Sana offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services to boost the overall wellness of their Chicago, IL, patients. For a proper diagnosis and treatment, schedule a consultation at Millennium Park Dental.

What is Periodontal Disease?

When gums are healthy, they are firm, pink, and solid. When gums are the opposite, they may appear soft, red, swollen, and sore. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that bind teeth together. It develops from inadequate brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque - a sticky film of bacteria - to harden and build upon the enamel around the gum line. When this plaque, left behind from sugary foods and beverages, sits there for too long, it leaves deposits that only a hygienist can remove. Regular dental visits help you keep permanent teeth for a lifetime, and avoid extensive procedures in the future.

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease that is reversible by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. You may notice specks of blood in the sink at first, but these will disappear once establishing healthy habits. If you overlook these signs and symptoms, they can advance into the next stage of periodontal disease, and spiral from there. You should visit our Millennium Park Dental office if you notice one or more of the following:

  • Receding gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bright red, or purplish gums
  • New spaces developing between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

Treatment for Periodontal Disease 

In our Chicago, IL, dental office, we offer non-invasive periodontal therapy techniques to restore gum tissues to a healthy state, and your dentist can discuss each procedure in detail during your initial consultation. These treatments may include:

  • Gum grafting
  • Laser therapy
  • Crown lengthening
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Periodontal plastic surgery

If you lack sufficient oral care habits, the risk for developing periodontal disease runs high. Signs and symptoms aren't always prevalent to you as they are to your dentist. The good news is that this condition is treatable when detected at an early stage. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Sana or Dr. Nicole Sana in our Chicago, IL, office, please call (312) 236-3253.

Millennium Park Dental

Find us on the map

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Millennium Park Dental

Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed