What Is Gum Disease?
Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth that affects the gums, teeth and jaw bone. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and is curable if caught and treated early on. If left to progress, gingivitis will develop into periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, which are incurable conditions that can cause tooth loss, jaw bone loss and even systemic conditions like heart disease or stroke.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen, inflamed and red gums
- Gum recession
- Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Constant bad breath (halitosis)
47% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease
74% of adults are missing at least one tooth
LANAP® and LAPIP™ Laser Therapy
Dr. Ardeshir “Eddy” Raghian believes that dental care should be easy, minimally invasive and offer little discomfort with an improved healing timeframe. That is why we have invested in the state-of-the-art PerioLase™ dental laser for effective treatment of gum disease. This laser allows us to perform LANAP® and LAPIP™ procedures, which are proven methods of treating gum disease around natural teeth and saving failing dental implants. Laser therapy is often preferred over traditional methods, because the treatment does not involve any scalpels or sutures and has minimal bleeding or discomfort. Dr. Raghian has received extensive training in laser care and is certified to provide LANAP and LAPIP treatments.
Osseous surgery is the time-tested and traditional method of gum disease treatment. We will carefully remove the infected gum tissue from around your teeth, leaving only healthy tissue. The bacteria and tartar buildup on the tooth roots will be cleaned off and damaged jaw bone will be reshaped. Your healthy gums will then be sutured back around your teeth to heal.
Scaling and Root Planing
When bacteria and tartar attach to the tooth roots or implant post, it becomes impossible to clean without professional treatment. This will cause your gums to become inflamed and pull away from your teeth, making them more susceptible to further decay and damage. Scaling and root planing treatment uses small tools to clean bacteria and tartar from below the gum line, restoring the area to proper health.
If you are affected by periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, you will need routine periodontal maintenance every three months to ensure the disease does not return. This maintenance involves a deep cleaning of your teeth and the area below the gum line, including scaling and root planing.
Why Choose Winnetka Dental Care
- Board-certified periodontist for specialty care
- Gentle laser dentistry options
- Effective treatments for long-term results
- Preserve your oral health
- Prevent dental implants from failing